Vannoy , Joann -
Manchester - .JoAnn Smith was born in McMinnville, Tennessee on April 27, 1934, to Zena Mae Smith and Edward Laurence Smith. She shared a very close relationship with her cousins Olivia, Shirley, Allene, and Thomas. JoAnn was an only child, thus she shared an exceptionally close and lifelong bond with her mother. She had a happy, active childhood and enjoyed learning. JoAnn achieved many academic honors and completed Bernard High School in McMinnville, Tennessee at the top of her class. It was during this time that she met her high school sweetheart Crawford O'Neil VanNoy. The two became inseparable. After briefly attending Tennessee State University in Nashville, JoAnn left school to marry Crawford and start their new life together. The young couple soon welcomed Karlos O'Neil VanNoy, Richard Leroy VanNoy, and Patricia Ann VanNoy.
Wanting to provide the best for their children, JoAnn and Crawford moved to New York to take advantage of job opportunities in Long Island. Both took jobs at Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital as personal care aides. They worked hard and diligently saved to purchase their first and lifelong home in Commack. With great joy, JoAnn and Crawford welcomed three more children. Ronald Louis VanNoy, Tamira Lynn VanNoy, and Eric Crawford VanNoy.
Sadly, life dramatically changed for JoAnn. In 1968, Just two years after the birth of her youngest child, JoAnn lost the love of her life, Crawford VanNoy, to a deadly car accident. This left her with six young children and limited financial resources. After a difficult period of mourning, JoAnn found her strength to move forward. With the support of the Church of Christ, her family, and friends, JoAnn persevered. She worked multiple jobs and extra shifts for many years. She made sure her family had everything they needed and even a few splurges, such as the infamous above ground swimming pool. Amazingly, despite her hectic work and family schedule, JoAnn enrolled in the nursing program at The State University of New York at Farmingdale. After several years of attending classes during the day and then working at night, JoAnn received her nursing degree. It was also during this time that she met Sidney Orr. They fell in love and he was welcomed into the family.
Professionally, JoAnn was very proud to be a nurse and excelled during her many years at Kings Park Psychiatric Center. She advanced in her career, first to nurse supervisor and later to an administrative position. JoAnn was
passionate about nursing, but as her children became more self-sufficient, she was able to pursue her dream of international travel. She was fortunate to be offered a part-time job as a travel agent and soon began organizing and leading trips all over the world. JoAnn was most happy when she could travel with her family; they visited the continents of Africa, Asia, and Australia, the Caribbean, and several other countries.
JoAnn always believed in giving back to the community. She was an active member of Jack and Jill of America, The Links Incorporated and The MidIsland Chapter of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Club. JoAnn had the honor of serving as president of the Mid-Island Chapter for four years and was instrumental in establishing a Mid-Island Club Auxiliary at Southside Hospital. She also served as a member of the Southside Hospital Lay Board.
During her retirement, JoAnn enjoyed working part-time at The Children and Family Center of Suffolk and even volunteered at the Farmingdale School of Nursing. Also during these years, JoAnn and Sidney spent quality time cooking, gardening, traveling and attending social functions.
JoAnn was a woman of strong faith and again pulled from her spiritual fortitude after the passing of her son Carlos and later her daughter Patricia. This same strength allowed her to heal from thyroid cancer and survive the sudden death of her husband, Sidney Orr.
During JoAnn's long struggle with Alzheimer's disease and congestive heart failure, we were fortunate to have the service of very loving and caring aides. They were always by her side, providing wonderful care and for this, we are very grateful.
JoAnn VanNoy leaves behind a loving family that will miss her dearly. JoAnn is survived by her children, Richard, Ronald, Tamira, and Eric; grandchildren, Brandon, Jesse, Justin, and Amber; and daughters-in-law, Imani and Althea; and a host of other loved family and friends. There are not enough words to express the heartfelt love that we feel for her. May She Rest in Peace.
CATHERINE SHRODES(Hoyle) says:
I was one of many who had the pleasure of meeting Ms. VanNoy.
My heart aches for you and your family during this time. Your mother was such an amazing person and she will truly be missed. Although no words can take away the sorrow that you all bear. May it be comforting to you to know that others care.
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