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Joanne Evelyn Dotson

August 10, 1937 June 23, 2019
Joanne Evelyn Dotson
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Joanne Evelyn Dotson passed away peacefully and surrounded by her family on June 23, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, the love of her life, Charles Acie Dotson (whom she married November 4, 1955), her parents Elmer W. Schnell and Evelyn Schwartz Schnell, and her sister, Joyce Rex of Purcell, Oklahoma. She is survived by her sister Carole (Alex) Hermann of Warren, Ohio, daughter Denise (Paul) Gifford of Kenosha, Wisconsin, daughter Debra (Robert) Hurley of Morrisville, North Carolina, and son Robert (Julie) Dotson of Jonesborough, Tennessee. Joanne had eight grandchildren: Matthew (Tessa) Dotson, Michael Dotson, Scott (Rebecca) Gifford, Janet (Edward) Martig, Elizabeth Hurley and her fiance Michael Raynor, Madeline Hurley, Nicholas Hurley, and Julie (Robert) Cameron, and FIVE great grandchildren, Eleanor Martig, Charles Martig, Lucien Dotson, McKenzie Joanne Dotson, and Henry Cameron due in July 2019. She was born and raised in Kenosha, WI.

Joanne graduated cum laude from the University of North Florida in 1998 with her Bachelor's of Arts in Sociology (at the age of 59). After graduation, Joanne worked as a Project Manager for Challenge Enterprises in Green Cove Springs, Florida. Challenge Enterprises is a non-profit organization that provides programs, services, and work opportunities for individuals with special needs. She worked with Challenge Enterprises for twenty years before she retired in August 2018. She enjoyed helping the athletes participate in Special Olympics. She organized the alternative spring break program and coordinated dances for clients at Challenge Enterprises.

Joanne was always up for an adventure or a challenge. Her husband, Chuck, was in the Navy and every four years Joanne took the family to a new place and set up a home for them based on where he was stationed. They traveled to California, Hawaii, Washington, Italy, Germany, and across the country many times. Joanne would also make regular trips to see her family from wherever they were located at the time.

Joanne was a beloved sister, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. Joanne was incredibly kind and would have done anything to help a person in need. She enjoyed playing bingo with her friends and reading at the nearby preschool. What she loved most was spending time with her family and seeing her family grow with the arrival of each great-grandchild.

Joanne was a member of Advent Lutheran Church in Orange Park, Florida and a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary. She was a member of the Civitan of Clay County where she enjoyed volunteering at events in her community. She was a member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, Florida. She relocated to Durham, North Carolina in September, 2018 to be close to her family.

There will be a private service at the Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL at a later date where Joanne will be interred with her husband. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joanne Dotson can be sent to Challenge Enterprises at 3530 Enterprise Way, Green Cove Springs, FL 32043.


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