Life can get so complicated. We spend all our life growing and learning, however there really isn’t a manual or guide that prepares you for everything. We all hope for best and pray as we go.
I lost a dear friend yesterday. She was 82 and she was a client for 23 yrs. and my first client in Evansville. I have so many memories, mostly laughter. She had so much energy and spunk. You think that we need to give our elderly hugs and love, but truthfully it is we, who need the hugs and love from our elderly. I cannot even describe to everyone how much love and respect I have for Jeane Joiner and I can remember our last appointment where we were reminiscing the past and recalling memories and she saw me cry and she told me, “Kristy, please do not be sad for me.” I told her “I wasn’t sad because you are dying, I laugh everytime I think of you, however I am just sad that I may not get another chance to have these great conversations in the future.”
I’ve lost so many clients during my 28yrs and it doesn’t get any easier. We get so close and the love, respect and relationship that I have with my friend/clients is so cherished. I still think of all my past clients. Each and everyone is a piece of me. I learn so much from all of you.
I Love you with all my heart. Until we see each other again. You’ll be missed.
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss….Our thoughts are with your family during this difficult time. Delores will remain in our hearts forever.
-The Staff at Richmond Park Apartments
I met Jeane 1st in 1999 when we attended training for the Arthritis Aquatics program. She and I ended up presenting exercises together for our certification. In 2005 I was hired at the YMCA and met Jeane for the 2nd time! Our classes were back to back, so I would get to substitute as instructor for her class when she could not be there. My line was, “If the queen cannot fulfill her duties, then the 1st runner-up will take over until the queen can return.” (HaHa!) Her classes were like another family to her, and they loved her so. (I’ve uploaded a picture of Jeane & Richard joining the water classes for a Christmas Luncheon in 2018.)
I was glad to “attend” your beautiful service for Jeane via Zoom. Her family’s tributes were lovely to hear, as were the inspirational messages from Pastor Deeter. My heartfelt sympathy to Richard, to Jeane’s family & friends.
The 1st Runner-Up
Delores Jeane Joiner, 82, went home to be with the Lord on March 23, 2021. She was born in Evansville, Indiana on June 25, 1938 to Carl and Elsie Louise (Bruner) Wilhite.
Jeane was such an important lady to so many people. She was married to her high school sweetheart Richard for 63 years. Together, they built a beautiful family that became the apple of Jeane’s eye. They traveled to many states across the U.S., and even went on many cruises. Every year Jeane looked forward to the Panama City family vacation. Her family has always been near and dear to her. Jeane also loved Jesus! From the time she was 11, Jeane attended and was an active member of Grace Baptist Church. She worked in the deaf ministry at Grace Baptist and helped lead many of the hearing impaired to the Lord. She was blessed with a giving and honest heart; which she shared with everyone she met. For over 50 years, Jeane was a swimming instructor at both the YMCA and YWCA. Jeane was also a heck of a cross-stitcher. She made little keepsakes for everyone in the family. She did attend college and was a member of the National Honor Society. Jeane is known to be so many things by her friends and family, but the most memorable of those qualities are her love for Jesus, her great sense of humor, how honest and caring she was, and even that she had some sass about her. Next to Jesus, Richard, her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the most important in her life.
Jeane is survived by her husband Richard; her children, Richard “Rick” (Tonya) Joiner Jr., Randall “Randy” (Laurie) Joiner, and Rene’ Joiner Hertel; her grandchildren, Nathan (Lorah) Joiner, Sara (Beau) Labhart, Jacob Joiner, Amie (David) Etheridge, Abbie Joiner, and Lauren Hertel; 9 great-grandchildren; a brother, Richard (JaNeen) Wilhite; and many loving nieces and nephews.
Jeane is preceded in death by her parents; and her grandson, Parker Hertel.
Services for Jeane will be at Sunset Funeral Home on March 29, 2021. Visiting hours will be held from 10:00am until 12:00pm with the service starting at 12:00pm. Pastor Ray Deeters from Grace Baptist Church will be officiating. A remote service will be available through the Zoom.us app. For more information, contact the staff at Sunset.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital or Grace Baptist Church.
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