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Joanne Ragans, 80, daughter of the late Kent and Hazel Crisp of Fernandina Beach, FL, passed away January 4, 2021. She was born December 30, 1940 in Fernandina Beach, FL.
Joanne’s life was defined by her passion for education. After graduating from Florida State University, she went on to complete her master’s degree at The University of South Florida. Joanne spent 40 years as an educator in the Duval County School System. As both a teacher and principal she truly loved to educate young people. Even in her later years, she regularly kept in touch with many of her former students.
She took great pride in being Miss Fernandina Beach in 1959 and being selected head majorette at Florida State University, regularly marching with the alumni band into her 50s. She was a lover of life, was a wonderful friend and a beloved grandmother.
Joanne was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, James Ragans. She is survived by her son Brent; daughter-in-law Laure; sister, Maryellen McQueen; grandchildren Grant, Seth, Arden, Sophie, and Alix; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Joanne’s life will take place later in the year. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to Beaches Educational Foundation, Fletcher Scholarships, www.beacheseducationalfoundation.com.
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