Joyce Carol Dann

July 6, 1946July 27, 2022
Obituary of Joyce Carol Dann
Joyce Carol Dann, 76, of Fallston, MD, passed away on July 27, 2022 at UM Upper Chesapeake Health. Carol was born in Washington DC to Florence Caroline (Kay) Villacci Ridgeway and Fenton Stanley Ridgeway Jr. She graduated from University of Maryland, College Park; earned her Master’s in Education through Loyola College and had acquired extensive educational credits and training in the areas of reading instruction, child development, Autism Spectrum Disorders, education assessments and behavior management. Prior to her retirement from the Baltimore County Board of Education in 2011, she served as an inclusion teacher at Jacksonville Elementary for 17 years. During her 36-year tenure with the County she also taught students with a wide variety of learning needs in several different settings, including the Infant & Toddler and Home & Hospital Programs and Ridge, White Oak and Chatsworth schools. Additional teaching experiences have included private tutoring, Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Child Life Program, Sheppard Pratt’s Forbush School, Rosewood State Hospital, Kennedy-Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins and Baltimore County Home and Hospital. Most recently, she utilized online technology to tutor her great nephew throughout the Covid pandemic. She received recognition as an outstanding educator from both TABCO and the Down Syndrome Association. Carol went above and beyond for her students, putting in long hours and providing them with personal rewards to keep them motivated. Recently she recalled that a former student approached her and offered his gratitude for the difference she made in his education. That meant the world to her. Although Carol retired from teaching, she never stopped being involved in education. She was a member of the TABCO-Retired Steering Committee since its inception, has served as Association Representative, Retirement and Recognition Committee Chair and member, a member of the Read Across America Committee, TABCO Anzelc Retirement Committee, and assistant to the annual Kid Care Auction. Carol had a love for arts and travel, which took her to France, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, and the Ukraine to hike, visit museums and soak in the culture. She traveled across America on two different occasions; hiking, camping and biking her way through nature and all its beauty. She had a great affinity for visiting National Parks. Her favorite spots were Acadia National Park and Monhegan Island in Maine, which she visited nearly annually. Most recently Carol took part in the Inn to Inn Challenge in Vermont where she proudly completed the 44 miles of hiking. Carol had a true passion for reading, always sharing her latest books with everyone. She found a communal joy with her book club members who would plan themed meals and field trips, making each book a true experience. Their friendships went beyond monthly meetings, often supporting each other through times of illness or other difficulties. Carol’s thoughtfulness and generosity were well known. She would send care packages or deliver meals to those needing a boost, with special notes of inspiration to help them through their difficult time. Carol would also give gift cards and words of thanks to mail carriers and delivery drivers, especially throughout the pandemic. Carol was an anchor to her family, always adamant about planning family get togethers and insisting that busy schedules didn’t prevent them. These were an important part of her life. In particular, she delighted in Christmas gatherings, where she was like Santa - always giving perfectly wrapped, personalized gifts that meant so much to all. She was known to send notes, cards or news articles she thought would be of interest to her family and friends, “just because,” which always brought a smile to the receiver. Carol was an example of someone who gave her best to everyone. She was greatly loved and will be truly missed. Carol is survived by her siblings, Jon Royce Ridgeway (Susan) of Perdido Key, FL; Judith Ridgeway Brunclik of Millville, DE; Phillip W. Siemer (Alice) of Suttons Bay, MI; Mary Siemer Valliant (David) of Oxford,MD; and Janice Ridgeway Ware (Jesse) of Portsmouth, NH. She also leaves numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Fenton Stanley Ridgeway Jr., Florence Caroline Villacci Ridgeway, and Mary W. Ridgeway; and siblings, Fenton Stanley Ridgeway III, Mark Wayne Ridgeway and Eileen Siemer Schauber. Carol’s Celebration of Life will be held on October 22 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm at the Yellowfin Steak & Fish House; 2840 Solomons Island Rd; Edgewater, MD 21037. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Carol’s memory to the; NATIONAL PARK CONSERVATION ASSOCIATION (Select Menu, Give, Memorial & Tribute Giving, Select, Give a Memorial Gift) Address: NPCA; 777 6th Street, NW Suite 700; Washington, DC 20001-3723 DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS (Donate Now; Select This gift is in honor or tribute memory of someone) Address: Doctors Without Borders; P.O. 5030; Hagerstown, MD 21741

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Saturday, October 22, 2022

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Yellowfin Steak & Fish House