JoAnn Stringer


JoAnn Stringer, born JoAnn Judy Harper on March 18, 1939, passed away peacefully into eternal rest on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at age 78. JoAnn was the daughter of Fred Harper and Mildred (Peters) Harper. She was born in Maryville, MO and went to school in Tarkio, MO. The family later moved to Fremont NE where she attended high school.

She graduated from Fremont High School in 1957 and attended Wayne State College earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Physical Education. She taught for 50 years; first in Binghamton, NY, in Merritt Island, FL, and the last 35 years in Pasadena, TX. ¬†JoAnn was dearly loved by her family, students, fellow teachers, and her friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Arlene Marti (Bob) and Peggy McIntyre (George), Peggy’s son Marti McIntyre, her husband Donald Stringer and stepdaughter Janet Honn. She leaves behind 3 stepdaughters: Pamela Thompson (Billy) of St. Cloud, FL, Mary Stringer of Dickinson, TX, and Linda Coyner (Steve) of Spokane, WA. She also leaves behind: 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson, 1 niece and 2 nephews.

JoAnn was dedicated to her family, her job, and her students. She was a contributing writer of Biology textbooks and was inducted into the Hall of Honor at South Houston High School in 2013. JoAnn was active in PARSE, Delta Kappa Gama, and in her church in Pasadena, First United Methodist Church.

JoAnn loved to get together with retired friends and teachers every week and play dominoes. She was an avid reader, she also enjoyed watching basketball games and participating in school plays. She loved to travel; she and her husband Don made several trips across the United States, many times taking their children or grandchildren with them.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, February 14, from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Niday – Fairmont Funeral Home in Pasadena. The funeral service will be held Thursday, February 15, at 3:00pm, at First United Methodist Church. Interment will be Friday, February 16, at 9:00am., at Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to First United Methodist Church in Pasadena, 1062 Fairmont Pkwy, Pasadena, TX 77504.