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“JoAnne was one of the best teaching assistants I have ever seen. Her caring for Special Needs children was always visible. Her sense of humor was...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Mary Detlefsen - Coworker

“I worked with Joanne at Indian village school. She was just a joy to work with. We had so many good times. She made us laugh with her talking about...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Suzanne Cornett - Ft. Wayne, IN

“I am honored and blessed to have worked with JoAnne for eighteen wonderful years. She was loved by her students, their parents, and her co-workers. ...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Kathy Ogle - Huntertown, IN

“Loved you and Don for along time, sorry I didn't get out to see you, gonna miss your smile . ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: Kathryn Painter/Koogler - IN

“I shall always cherish our friendship. Joanne's humor, fun loving spirit, and compassion for others was shown to others on a daily basis. I feel...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Marylee Long - Fort Wayne, IN

JoAnne Maxine Byrd Johnson 67, quietly and peacefully answered God's call on the afternoon of Saturday April 26, 2019, at the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne Indiana.
Born August 8, 1951 to the late George Joseph Byrd and Mary Rollins Byrd of Sparta, Virginia. At an early age JoAnne was baptized and joined St. Stephens Baptist Church in Central Point, Virginia. She attended the Caroline County Public Schools and was a graduate of Union High School Bowling Green, VA. 1969 and attendant Smith-Madden Business College Richmond, Virginia.
JoAnne was employed with Fort Wayne Community Schools working with Special Needs Children for many years. The last ten plus years of her employment were with Easter Seals Arc of Northeast Indiana. JoAnne loved working with and helping people with disabilities or special needs.
JoAnne's loving smile and happy demeanor will always be remembered by those lives she touched.Known for her love of gemstones and Jewelry, a happy person and had many friends.
She was preceded in death by her son Donald Albert Johnson. Two brothers Kermit and Donald McKee Byrd.
She leaves to moum their loss, a loving husband Donald M. Johnson Fort Wayne, IN. Four sisters
Barbara O'Neal (John) Champlain, Virginia, Lelia Fortune (Keith) Bowling Green, Virginia, Donna and Lydia Byrd Ruther, Virginia. Two brothers Maynard Byrd Fort Wayne, Indiana, Bennie Byrd (Donna) Fredricksburg, Virginia. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The garden gate stood open
He saw you needed rest,
God's garden must be beautiful
For he always picks the best,
God knows you had to leave us
But "You" didn't go alone.
A part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
Calling at D.O. McComb and Sons Foster Park Funeral Home Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There will also be funeral services and burial in Bowling Green, Virginia at a later date. To sign the online guestbook please visit,