Joan Joiner Harrison passed away on July 28, 2018 at the age of 96 years.
Joan grew up on a farm in Polo, Illinois, getting her early education in a one-room schoolhouse. Her extraordinary life included a career in journalism that led her to participate in the WWII war effort, the biggest news story of her young adulthood. Joan joined the Navy as a WAVE and trained USAF cadets in instrument flying. She also wrote a regular column for her base called “Sound of the Waves”. After earning a second degree in Political Science, her career took her to Boulder, Colorado where she met her husband John. They eventually settled in Greeley, Colorado where he taught English at the University of Northern Colorado and where they raised their children, Jerry, Philip and Laura. Over the years, they traveled widely and put down deep roots in the Greeley community.
Joan had a love for gardening and nature photography that she shared with family and friends. She was also active in the League of Women Voters and even made a run for the Colorado state House of Representatives. In 2017, Joan moved to Lynnwood, Washington where she lived near her oldest son Jerry. She is survived by her three children and also by her grandchildren, Christopher and Michael; she remains in our hearts. Memorial gifts may be made to the Joan and John Harrison Graduate Scholarship in English at the UNC Foundation or to a charity of your choice.