JoAn S. Firebaugh
4 January, 1931 – 10 October, 2020
JoAn Spigle Firebaugh , 89, passed away on October 10th after a brief illness, with her daughters by her side.
Proud to be from West “By God” Virginia, JoAn (aka Mom, Gaga, “The Lady Gaga”) was born January 4th, 1931 in Coopers, West Virginia to Dexter Frazier McMullin and Stella Williamson McMullin.
She was predeceased by her parents; sister, Alene McMullin Flynn; first husband, Edward Spigle; second husband, Ray Firebaugh; son-in-law, Richard Gitlin; and a niece and nephew.
JoAn grew up in Bramwell, West Virginia and graduated from Concord College (now University) in 1952. A lifelong learner, JoAn pursued post graduate studies at the University of Virginia and William & Mary. She taught in Hampton, Roanoke and Fairfax County. She finished her career inspiring students in geography, civics, creative writing, anthropology and history at Queen Anne School in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
JoAn married Edward Spigle in 1955. She is survived by their daughter, Rebecca (Becky) Collie and her husband, Johnnie Collie. After Edward’s untimely death, JoAn married Ray Firebaugh in 1966 and is survived by their daughter, Judith (Judy) Gitlin. In addition, she is survived by her grandsons, Taylor and Patrick Collie. Also holding a special place in her heart were Becky’s friends, Judy Glenn, Cindy Szadokierski, Michele Williamson, Patricia Thornton and Kim Allan.
JoAn had a smile for everyone she met and also a lot of stories to tell them. Smart and fierce, her many passions include the Redskins, bridge, crossword puzzles and books (usually reading 3-4 at a time). Her light will forever shine in our hearts.
The family will receive friends at the Atlee Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 9271 Shady Gove Rd., Mechanicsville, from 6 until 8 pm on Friday, October 23rd. A memorial service will be held Saturday, October 24th at 11:00 am at Messiah Lutheran Church, 8154 Atlee Rd. Mechanicsville 23111. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church.
Becky and Judy would like to send a special thank you to the ICU and Capital Caring Health staff at Parham Doctors’ Hospital. Your care, compassion and love shown will never be forgotten.
- Dexter Frazier McMullin and Stella Williamson McMullin, Parents (deceased)
- Alene McMullin Flynn, Sister (deceased)
- Edward Spigle, First Husband (deceased)
- Ray Firebaugh, Second Husband (deceased)
- Richard Gitlin, Son in Law (deceased)
- a, Niece and Nephew (deceased)
- Rebecca Collie (Johnnie Collie), Daughter
- Judith "Judy" Gitlin, Daughter
- Taylor and Patrick Collie, Grandsons
- Judy Glenn, Cindy Szadokierski, Michele Williamson, Patricia Thornton and Kim Allan, Dear Friends
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JoAn S. Firebaugh
Terry Davidson Hoover
October 22, 2020
So sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. My Mom , Lou Davidson enjoyed many years of playing bridge with her. I can her the gang playing in Heaven!!! I enjoyed our many conversations over the years. She was so sweet , kind and always had a smile! I know her family will greatly miss her. God Bless
October 20, 2020
Becky & Family,
Geoffrey & I are thinking of you & your entire family. May God comfort your hearts now & in the days ahead.
October 18, 2020
Sitting in the pew behind JoAn, Becky and Johnnie on Sundays at Messiah Lutheran Church, it was always a joy to share the peace of our Lord with her. She had such a real love of everyone she met and a smile and laugh that would cheer you. She is now with God's peace eternally. Karen & Michael Morris
October 15, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting and spending time with Mrs. Firebaugh at Chestnut Grove. What a kind and gentle spirit. She always had a beautiful smile.
Praying for you all for peace and comfort during this time.
In Christian Love,
October 14, 2020
Dear Becky, Judy, John, and boys,
My sympathy and love. We have lost a precious soul.
October 14, 2020
Living at Chestnut Grove I had the pleasure of meeting JoAn and then the fun of playing bridge. So many days we had our foursome in the library. What better way to spend an afternoon. My thoughts are with you all at this time ....With prayers Barb