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Remembering Our Friend, JoAnne Hoffman

When Bea and I first started brainstorming Stamper’s Quest, one of the things we considered carefully was a list of talented designers who would bring unique points of view to the magazine. At the top of the list was our friend, JoAnne Hoffman. JoAnne would be sure to inject folksy wisdom and a sense of humor to the publication.  JoAnne accepted our invitation with delight and all was right with the world.

JoAnne was always busy with a dozen projects at a time, so when summer passed with little communication we just figured she was stamping up a storm. What we didn’t know was that our dear friend had been diagnosed with a brain tumor.

On October 18, 2008, the world lost a great friend, and heaven gained a heart as big as Texas.

Even in my shock and grief, JoAnne makes me smile. She had boundless energy and promised that “the ole rocking chair” would never hold her down. Even in her 70s, JoAnne made stamping her “work”, and managed to teach stamping classes on cruise ships all over the world. She participated in scrapbooking design team competitions, and introduced the Bind-It-All to a host of crafters.

 

JoAnne lit up any room when she danced in, and her laughter lingered after she left. She was stubborn and opinionated and spoke her mind without reservation.  She loved her friends as family, and was quick to open her home and her heart to those in need.  She laughed at herself, and taught me not to take life so seriously. For JoAnne, life was a grand adventure without room for negativity.

 

JoAnne celebrated every moment of life, and I am grateful that she called me friend.

 

Our Friend
JoAnne Louella Hoffman
March 13, 1935 ~ October 18, 2008

We will miss you and always think of you fondly!


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  1. What a wonderful tribute to such a WONDERFUL lady. She was one of the kindest people I have ever met (unfortunately, only on the internet). She was always supportive and so very willing to help someone out. Her artist ability was amazing and she truly loved to teach what she was doing. She always had time to help me out with a technique or a "how did you do that" question. I will miss her dearly but I know she's watching over all of us as she truly was an ANGEL!! Thank you Stephanie for putting into words what so much of us felt ~ Michele

  2. Stephanie...you shared her beautiful spirit so wonderfully. She was one of the kindness people I have ever corresponded with on the internet. I don't think NO was in her vocabulary...she helped everybody with graciousnesse and go ahead spirit. She will be greatly missed and was truly and Angel! JoAnne will be missed by all that came in contact with her. Thank you Stephanie...Johnnie

  3. The world has lost a great lady and I a great friend... I will cherish every moments we had together...
    Shawna

  4. JoAnne, I miss you !!! See you in heaven.
    Hugs, Robin

  5. What a great tribute to a great lady! Would that the same could be said for all the rest of us!!!
    Such a great example!

  6. She was and is a beautiful person as she is in heaven looking down
    at all her friends.....Joe

  7. Stephanie, I think that you have found your calling, you described JoAnne so perfectly, you are right she never lived life seriously she enjoyed each and every moment. You have introduced JoAnne to others that did not know her and are sad that they never had a chance to love with her, laugh with her and enjoy her. I remember meeting her at seminar and I know my life is so much better for the that. She touched me when I needed it and we laughed and cried together. Stephanie, you really did do an awesome job here. God Bless you JoAnne and I know that she is teaching them stamping right now and God is having so much fun with her.

    Inky Huggz,

    Missy

  8. What a wonderful tribute!! I only knew her from the Create-A-Card Yahoo group, but always enjoyed her cards and her adventures!! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to know her better!! I know The Lord is enjoying her right now!!! Hugs, Willow

  9. We will miss her. I loved her. She and I used to joke about being the oldest Angels!!!