Dear Joe and Richard,

The sad news was delivered to me today that our dear Joan slipped peacefully away and took her place among the bright stars in heaven. You can hear our collective hearts breaking. We all knew this awful day would come and words would fail, but there is “strength in what remains behind” (as Wordsworth wrote) in the trail of love and caring that Joan shared with everyone who came across her path.

I send my love and prayers and will look forward to seeing you at the celebration of this extraordinary life.