It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of Joanne, our devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Joanne P. Halter passed away, unexpectedly, on December 12th at home. She was 72 years old. Joanne was born on November 30, 1948 to the late Cecil and Lillie Mae Perkins in Lake City, FL and was a lifelong resident of Bell. Joanne was preceded in death by her father and mother, Cecil and Lillie Mae (Lockerman) Perkins of Bell, Florida. Joanne is survived by her beloved husband, Gary Halter of Bell, Florida, her daughter, Alisha Halter Kage, of Gainesville, Florida, her son and his wife, Joey (Jennifer) of Weeki Watchee, Florida, her “adopted daughter” Jenny Irvin Edmunds (Rick) of Durham, NC., and by her four grandchildren, Joey and Reese Halter and Lilah and Rowan Kage. Joanne was life-long member of Mt. Nebo Baptist Church in Bell, Florida.
A memorial service will be held for Joanne at Watson’s Funeral Home in Trenton, Florida on Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 11 am. The family will receive friends before the service beginning at 10 am for those who wish to pay their condolences and minimize exposure to others.
Joanne worked for many years for Kindred at Home. Joanne educated the community and local physician offices/medical facilities about the benefits of home healthcare services. Joanne acted as a community liaison to assist patients in need of nursing and therapy services in their home.
Joanne spent her life giving to others. She was a devoted wife, mother, and Nonna, and loved her family with all her heart and soul. Joanne was happiest when cooking for her family and with her friends and in having meals out with her family. Joanne also had many friends and enjoyed her time spent socializing and being with those she loved.
Joanne spent many hours on the Suwanee River with her husband and family. She was a firm believer in “river therapy.” Joanne also enjoyed watching the sun set over the Gulf. Joanne loved to travel and in recent years spent her free time attending her grandchildren’s baseball, basketball, and volleyball games as well as going to watch her granddaughters at their gymnastics and diving meets.
The world lost one of the kindest and most loving women on December 12 and her family and friends will miss her with all their hearts.