Joanne Capen Noble Shrewsbury of Largo, Fla passed away on Friday, June 13th, 2014, as she was valiantly trying to recover from a sudden illness. Her family was with her during this time.
She was the cherished only child born of Frederick Noble and Bertha Young on January 7th, 1928 in Boston, MA. Throughout her childhood, Joanne lived in Willimantic, Connecticut and spent summers in the country in Halifax, Vermont. It was there that she met her future husband, Gerard Shrewsbury, another summer resident. Joanne and Jerry were married June 14th 1956, and together they raised their three children on the farm in Halifax. They moved to Burlington, Vermont in 1965. Joanne became an Adult Basic Education and ESL teacher having discovered her passion for teaching while attending Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
In 1980, she and Jerry moved to Gulfport, Florida where she continued work as an ESL teacher at Mirror Lake in St. Petersburg.
Joanne and Jerry shared their passion for the environment. They were active members of the local Audubon Society, Native Plant Society, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, Friends of Weedon Island, and more. Together they enjoyed hiking, bird watching, and helping to preserve Florida's dwindling natural areas. They crisscrossed the US enjoying national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
After losing her beloved Jerry in 2004, Joanne traveled extensively with Elder Hostel.
Joanne was an accomplished fiber artist, always knitting, sewing, and weaving for family and friends. She was a member of the Hand Weavers Guild providing monthly weaving samples for their newsletter.
Joanne was beloved by all who met her. Always an optimist, she was blessed with an unbounded amount of energy. She cared deeply about people, social justice, and environmental issues. She was the president of the League of Women Voter's for three terms. One member wrote the following to Joanne: “In all the 3 years, I never heard of one criticism of you”.
An active member of the UU of Clearwater, she took part in book clubs, a covenant group, and was instrumental in obtaining a looper system for members of the congregation who are hearing impaired.
Joanne moved into the Palms of Largo in October 2013. She was very happy to be part of this community.
We will dearly miss this beautiful and compassionate woman. She will be remembered mostly for her wonderful smile, for her energizing and uplifting spirit, and for her infinite devotion to family, friends and causes.
She is loved and survived by her children: Nancy Nadel and her husband Marc Nadel (Burlington, Vermont), Uma Com (Sedona, Arizona), and Natalie Shrewsbury (Boulder, Colorado); and by her cherished grandchildren: James Nadel (Boston, Mass.), Benjamin Hueftle (Lafayette, Colorado) and Sonyamarie Hueftle (Boulder, Colorado).
Donations may be made in Joanne's memory to:
League of Women Voters- St. Petersburg Chapter,
PO Box 11775