BURLINGTON, NC – Joan Lorraine (Hart) Crowell, 75, of Burlington, North Carolina, formerly of Auburn and Poland, was called to heaven on July 23, 2022, after a recent diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer in his bones.
Joan was born in Lynn, Mass. on May 4, 1947 from Guy W. Hart Sr. and Mildred I. (Clark) Gendron. After her family moved to Maine, Joan attended schools in Sabattus and Auburn. While studying at Auburn, Joan met her good friend, Gerri, who had a brother, Phil, who ended up being the love of her life.
Phil and Joan married in 1965, just six months after they met, and eventually settled in Auburn to raise their three children, Cindy, Phil and Ray.
There are far too many wonderful stories to share. When you think of words like caring, amazing, gentle soul, lovely, kind, generous, caring, beautiful heart, awesome, brave, strong, positive, mom, grandma, granny, cute, ggma—Joan comes to the spirit of all who crossed his path. She didn’t know any strangers. Within minutes of meeting her, you were drawn to her incredible smile, instantly becoming her friend for life.
Joan has made many wonderful friends during her time working at the Lee Auto Mall and the City of Auburn Municipal Building, as well as during her time as a Mary Kay Consultant, which she has done for over 20 years old.
Her various church families at Marston’s Corner, Auburn Baptist, and East Auburn Baptist Church were important to her, but it was her personal relationship with Christ that was the foundation of her strong faith.
Five years ago, Joan and Phil realized their dream of retiring down south. They moved to Burlington, North Carolina for the warm weather and to be close to their “partners in crime” Jesse and Dena. All four had so much fun having wonderful adventures, but some of the best times they had were just sitting around correcting each other’s stories while laughing and drinking coffee. Although Joan lived miles away from her children and grandchildren, she always found time for FaceTime, calls and visits. She kept tabs on everyone through Facebook. To hear her speak, one would have thought that she was physically present to share every moment with her family and friends. Whether happy or sad, she never failed to drop a comment to join in on every occasion.
Joan is survived by the love of her life of nearly 57 years, Phil Sr.; as well as his other loves – his children, Cindy Violette and her husband, Dan, Phil Jr. and his wife, Jen, and Ray and his wife Katie; his grandchildren Joey Violette and his wife, Natalie; Megan, Jonah and his fiancée, Emily Maines, P. Troy, R. Mitchell, Hudson, Seth, J. Elliot, Colson, Teresa, J. Wesley and Darling; his great-granddaughters Kendall, Drew and Kestle Violette; and several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law; and cherished nieces and nephews.
Joan was predeceased by her parents; his sister, Jean Canuel, his brothers Guy W. Hart Jr., Thomas “Buddy” Hart Sr. and Raymond Hart.
The family would like to thank all of their friends and family for the outpouring of your love and support. We also thank the phenomenal healthcare workers at Cone Health Care and Cone Health Cancer Center at the Alamance Regional in Burlington, NC.
Although no services are currently scheduled, a celebration of life will be scheduled by his family at a later date. At this time, the family would appreciate if all of their wonderful friends and family celebrate their life by recording your thoughts and memories on their Facebook page or by pen to one of their family members to be compiled into a memory book that will be created about it. She loved each of you.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a charitable contribution in Joan’s memory to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Fund of Cone Health Philanthropy (conehealthphilanthropy.org) of Alamance County, North Carolina.
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