Joan Melinda Warner, age 62, died on New Year's Eve 2018. Joan has worked at the Stuttering Foundation since 2004.
While her official title was "Information Specialist," she was better known as the Kids' Letter Editor. It was Joan's idea to start the kids pages in the Stuttering Foundation newsletter. Her responses to each child were personalized. She made each one feel appreciated and always drew attention to their special talents. She always let them know that by sharing their personal stories, they were helping other kids all over the world.
Joan is survived by her sister, Karen Paula Warner McCreary; nieces, Brooke Warner McCreary, Meredith Louise McCreary; beloved partner and friend, Raymond Scott Catlin and Oliver, her Russian Blue Cat.
She was preceded in death by her cat sister, Nellie who will also be remembered at a future Private Celebration in the Spring, where both will join together forever.
Joan will leave behind many friends and acquaintances who will miss her smile and class. A light too soon snuffed out. Those wishing to memorialize Joan should adopt a shelter pet, plant a native tree, hang out a bird feeder or grow some pretty roses. Monetary donations could be made to the Humane Society, the Stuttering Foundation of America, Leader Dogs for the Blind in Rochester, MI (Her mother's favorite charity) or the charity of the donor's choice.