JoAnne Leach of Vienna, W.Va., departed this earth to be with her Lord on Jan. 5, 2013.
She was born July 27, 1936, in Parkersburg, W.Va., to the the late John Sherman Guinn Jr. and his lovely wife, Dorothea Taylor Guinn.
JoAnne retired with over 30 years of service as Revenue officer with the Internal Revenue Service. In retirement, she became a shepherdess raising sheep in the mountains of West Virginia, and then North Carolina, for the next 25 years.
While the sheep grazed, she became an advocate for those in need. She loved food pantries. Everywhere she went, she worked to open them, stock them, fund them and perpetuate them. However, perhaps her proudest achievement came, after years of effort, with the grand opening of a free medical clinic in Jefferson, which still serves that community today.
In her last years, she came home to Parkersburg and her passion for helping others came with her. She soon found a new home at the mission at Old Man Rivers and she also worked tirelessly at the food pantry at her own church, Christ United Methodist Church.
She also loved to garden, to weave, and to teach others what she spent her lifetime learning. Her life-long passion to learn and to help others will inspire all who knew her to carry on her mission long after the sorrow of her passing has faded to fond and loving memories.
She is survived by five children, daughter Pam Slaney of North Carolina; daughter Kim and her husband Art Everson of Florida; daughter Teri Isenberg of North Carolina; son Jim and his wife Joanna Leach of Vienna; daughter Vicki Sopranik of Vienna; and 11 grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Jean Brown and brother-in-law David Brown of Parkersburg.
She is pre-deceased by her brother Richard Guinn.
She is greatly loved by family and friends and by those countless others that she toouched with her generous spirit. Her bright light and generous soul, a tribute to her faith and to her Lord, will be sorely missed.
“Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkesburg, W.Va., with Reverend Thomas McDowell officiating.
Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.LeavittFuneralHome.com