Joan Fredericka Thomas Barnett, 87, of St. Michaels, MD quietly departed this earthly life and took her eternal rest with the Lord on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton following a lengthy illness.
Joan, the second eldest of four children to the late Charles F. and Elizabeth F. Thomas, was born September 11, 1933 in Chestertown, MD. Joan’s early educational years began in Chestertown and continued later in Talbot County after her father became principal of the Frederick Douglass Elementary School in St. Michaels. She went on to attend and graduate from the Robert Russa Moton High School in Easton, MD, class of 1951. Joan was a good student and although short in stature, was something else on the basketball court. Joan would often share stories and memories of when the team had to ride on Mr. Caldwell’s bus to go play games in other parts of Maryland and Virginia. Following graduation and in response to her passion for sewing, Joan matriculated to Philadelphia, PA to study fashion design. Upon returning to St. Michaels, Joan held several job occupations which included as a domestic housekeeper for the Washburn family. On April 21, 1955, Joan was joined in holy matrimony to the late Howard Barnett, Sr., and from this union two sons were born: Marchand S. and Howard (Jay) Jr. For over 60 years they faced the challenges of life and experienced the joys of raising their sons in St. Michaels.
In the mid 1960’s, Joan secured employment with the Waverly Press Company in Easton as a page make-up artist and remained in that position until her retirement. After leaving Waverly Press, Joan promptly joined her husband in running the family-owned sanitation removal service. Joan handled the bookkeeping, billing, payroll and customer inquiries. After retiring for a second time, Joan settled into more church, civic and organizational activities. Joan’s love and service to the Lord was instilled in her at an early age through her membership and affiliation with Janes United Methodist Church in Chestertown. When the family moved to St. Michaels, Joan joined Union United Methodist Church where she remained faithful until her health began to decline. During her years at Union, Joan’s sweet soprano voice could be heard as a member of the senior choir. Joan served as chairperson of the finance committee, co-lead of the Emergency Fund, assisted with church barbeques, the annual fruit sale and numerous kitchen activities held in the fellowship hall. Joan was also very involved in civic activities. She was a member of the Habitat for Humanity-Talbot County, the Chester Park Revitalization Task Force, and for many years, a member of the St. Michaels Public Housing Authority. In addition, Joan was a dedicated member of Golden Link Chapter #40 and later Mary Jane Henry Chapter #54 Order of the Eastern Star, Prince Hall Affiliated. She held numerous positions within the Chapter to include: Star Points, Associate Conductress, Conductress, Associate Matron, Worthy Matron and Trustee.
Joan enjoyed sewing, singing, cooking/baking family favorites, family gatherings, and watching her favorite westerns – Gunsmoke and Bonanza. She could tell you everything you wanted to know about Marshall Matt Dillon or Hoss Cartwright. Joan looked forward to her outings with her son Jay to her hair appointments, to WalMart to do her shopping or to Denny’s for one of her favorite meals – pancakes, french toast, scrambled eggs and bacon.
In addition to her husband, eldest son and parents, Joan is preceded in death by her siblings Jean, Bronte and Charles Jr. She leaves to cherish fond memories her son Howard Barnett, Jr (Jackie); two grandsons, Jawaun L. Copper and Aaron Barnett (Yasmeen); one granddaughter, Ileshia Campbell; two great-granddaughters, Payton, and Adrienne Barnett; one bonus-grandson, Dimitri Dixon; two brothers-in-law, William Wallace (Pearl) and Ralph Deaton; one sister-in-law, Geraldine Thomas Boone; one niece; five nephews; a special cousin/god daughter, Ann Barnett Wayman; and a host of other cousins and friends.
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