Christmas was a very special time of year for our beloved Joan. She enjoyed transforming her home into a Christmas wonderland with beautiful wreaths, lighted garland and poinsettias on every mantel, her nutcracker collection proudly displayed at the top of the stairs, Andy’s Irish Santas and beautiful nativities from all over the world. In the kitchen she hung hand-knit Christmas stockings for each grandchild. Many rooms in her home had its own themed Christmas tree, but her favorite was her 16-foot tall Christmas tree she decorated in gold for her living room. It was graced with crystal ornaments, beautiful crosses, angels and garland.
Joan loved to use her gifts of homemaking and hospitality especially at Christmastime to spread the love and joy of the season to all those in her life – her family, her church, her friends, and her Premier Family. In the spirit of Joan’s love for sharing at Christmas, we brought her favorite tree to the office in 2011 and began the tradition of lighting her tree on the anniversary of her home going, December 5th. This morning, we will have a beautiful celebration as many family members, church and Premier friends gather at the Home Office to remember Joan and celebrate the joy of the season.
Remembering My Honey
When I think of my sweet wife Joan, I always thank Him for how He had gifted her. She was my best friend. She was almost the opposite personality of me – a quiet person. I remember well how when she was first asked to give a talk or lead a bible study or speak publicly on any occasion, she would cry and get very nervous. I used to joke with her that she couldn’t even lead a silent prayer. But she trusted God and prayed a lot and developed into a powerful speaker. She developed five things that she loved to share about with others – love, true joy, service, the act of giving and especially the importance of Keeping It Personal. She was so faithful to carry out our Philosophy and Purpose and by God’s grace and a lot of courage, she impacted thousands of Jewelers – many of whom were her friends. We will remember her and thank God for her 25 years of serving and leading Premier. This Christmas, let’s follow her example together in those five things. It is with great joy that I know confidently that as believers, someday we will be again in our heavenly home.
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