Joaun Loree Harris
July 14, 1938 – January 4, 2019
Joaun Loree Harris, 80, of Tallahassee, went to be with her loved ones who passed on before her on January 4, 2019.
Joaun was born July 14, 1938 in Mayo, Florida, the daughter of the late Belford and Loree Jackson. She graduated from Lake City High School in 1956 and went on to a long career at IBM in Florida and Virginia.
She was the widow of Robert Harris, who she was married to for 24 years. She was previously married to Cealwyn Stewart and they had 5 children together, who all survive her.
Mom was a wonderful mother who loved her children forever. They are Denise, Wayne (Kathy), Brent (Becky), Scott and Brian (Laura). She was the grandmother of nine: Jimmy, Rachel, Holly Charlene, Steven Robert, Stephen Wayne, Michael, Trace, Trent and one who predeceased her, Michael Shaun. She's also the great-grandmother of Liam and Cameron.
Joaun had four siblings, two who survive her: Lynn and Randall, and two who died before their time, Wayne and Stacy. She also had many cousins, many who survive her. Her best friend in this lifetime was Tommie, her aunt that was close to her age. One of the loved ones she's surely spending time with now is Aunt Tommie.
She enjoyed her retiree years volunteering at University Community (Tampa) and Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare. She loved to read and got to do a lot of it after she raised her kids. She enjoyed her family most of all, who all meant the world to her. So did her dog, Trouble, who was always at her side, as Boomer was before that.
A Celebration of Life will be held at Culley's MeadowWood Funeral Home, 700 Timberlane Road, Tallahassee, Florida at 2pm on January 8, 2019.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF.org), a charity close to her heart.
- Celebration of Life Tuesday, January 8, 2019
- Reception Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Joaun Loree Harris
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January 14, 2019
I was very sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. I have so many fond memories of time spent with your family as a teenager growing up on Bull Run Mountain. Your mom was always such a nice lady and as I recall made some darn good spaghetti. I am glad that I was able to reconnect to some extent through Facebook and share a post or two. My prayers are with your family.
January 12, 2019
Summers were the best at grandmas filled with cousins, family and fun. She made sure the pantry had pop tarts (the strawberry kind) because the grand kids loved them! Visits to Great Grandmother and Great Granddaddy’s house were the best with grandma; picking the blueberries to make blueberry crunch. She gave me a dove ornament when I was younger and told me about the doves meaning which I never forgot; still to this day I think about that. My first “real” job that I needed to dress business casual for she took me shopping to make sure I had clothes to start and look the part. When I wanted to cut my hair, ( I was no more than 11) she took me and I was so happy that finally someone let me cut my hair! She was there for me no matter what and always wanted me to be me and that’s the best memory I have. She loved all of her family, kids, grandkids and fur babies. She was the strongest, kindest, and most beautiful soul. She will be missed by many.
January 12, 2019
Joaun was a part of my memories from childhood through adulthood. I remember her as always loving family and sharing her beautiful smiles and laughter. I grew to love her deeply through the years, she shared her children with us and never missed a family reunion. I most appreciate that she loved my Daddy, her first cousin, but heart-felt as a brother. She was a blessing to him in his battle with cancer, as she visited and called him often. Never would we have thought she would depart from us so quickly, but forever she will be in our hearts!
January 12, 2019
I met Jo in 1978. Their home was on Bull Run Mountain, which I had never been to. Logmill Road was always fun (roller coaster like - at least when Wayne was driving ; ). I only knew the home on Young’s drive. Large and had a pool table.
I don’t remember our first meeting - it was probably a family dinner. Having such a large family yet working full-time at IBM in Manassas I had heard she would prep meals on the weekends - she was a great cook! (Good thing Wayne took after her.)
At the time, she was married to George Kelly. Amongst Jo, George, Wayne, Lady (their St. Bernard/Irish Setter house dog), and TarBaby (their huge and fat indoor cat), I felt like a munchkin out of the Wizard of Oz. Fortunately, Brian was only 10 at the time so I wasn’t totally outnumbered in height - at least for a brief period ; )
Warmth, laughs and holidays are fond memories. At 17, I was rather intimidated by Jo - at first. She was super tall and very decisive and frank. She managed 4 sons and a daughter well: excellent manners, no stranger to chores, and respectful.
Once Wayne & I were married, she often made a point of letting me know (as well as my sister-in-laws) that she was very pleased that we were her sons’ wives. That inclusion always felt good.
Any intimidation I had experienced in the early years vanished once Wayne & I had Holly & Stephen ~ she LOVED being a GrandMom. She planned wonderful family beach / boat trips and always had a home with a swimming pool. She was each grandchild’s biggest fan!
And I know she was proud of Wayne. She knew he was not a fan of school - but because he excelled as a Volunteer Fireman (Evergreen) - and later as a Police Officer (Prince William County), she never had to worry about his success. The two of them had a common interest in music - big Country music fans! I think she especially liked baritone & bass singers because Wayne could hit those low notes : )
Losing a parent has to be the worst thing ever - I'll mis
January 12, 2019
Mom, I miss you so much. I miss your presence, you were always there for me whether I lived near or far. You were always there and Im lost without you right now.
I always hoped I would be as
strong as you. I said to you once that I wished you had at least given me your long legs(wasnt built like her) and you told me you'd given me your heart. Thank you for that and thank you for being my Mother. I love you forever and I'll see you again.
January 12, 2019
Mom. I've waited a few days before trying to write in here. You left us way too soon but I'm so glad to see you are now free of pain. I so regret we've lived so far apart for so long but I'll always cherish my time with you and our memories. You loved all of your children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. You worked hard to provide for us and I don't ever recall hearing you complain about this. You were always such a gorgeous person and I recall so many times over the years people saying you were not old enough to be my Mom. You looked gorgeous right up to the end. I've shed some tears at losing you and I'll never forget you. We had so many great pictures of you at your service and there were so many family members and friends there. You were loved by so many.
It's so hard to write a memory when it comes to your Mom as it's not something we ever want to do. The words escape me in what I really want to say so I'll close by reminding you I love you and will miss you until the day I can join you. May God hold you close and when it rains I'll see them as your tears coming from the floors of heaven. (I know you knew this song) I love you Mom.
January 7, 2019
Jo was an amazing lady. A true pioneer in a male dominated company IBM. She was a true and loyal friend to me and my family. She always thought of others first. She loved her family and frequently spoke about them with pride and love.
I can’t believe she is gone. She never complained about pain or anything, rather she listen to others with compassion. She was so beautiful inside and out and all I can think is Jesus said your work on earth is done we are short Angels in Heaven. Heaven is lucky to have her but us on earth well we lost a person who never knew a stranger and truly cared about everyone.
My friend Jo made a positive impact on my heart that will last forever. I will miss our lunches when I go to Tally it will never be the same.
Go walk with God my sweet friend till we meet again.
Love your friend