Joan Horner truly loved Christmas and everything about the season. Joan was a very special lady whose impact on Premier was tremendous. This video was shared at our Associate Christmas Party this year and we wanted to share it with you.
Below is a personal letter Joan wrote to her beloved family in 2008. It was a wonderful Christmas reunion as 34 Horners from all over the world gathered together in Dallas to celebrate Christmas.
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.
Wow, February is already here. I really can’t believe it’s time to write another Update article! Time really does fly by. We live in fast-moving times. I remember when it took days, even weeks, to get a handwritten letter. When I was serving in the Canadian Navy, letters were very precious to me. And then when Joan and I were courting and living in different cities, we wrote every day (even on the days we talked on the phone or saw each other). Nowadays, days pass by and I can hardly remember what I did. We can receive “letters” in minutes. Wow! It still impresses me how far we have come technology-wise.
For the year 2013, I’ve made a goal to start each of my mornings with prayer. I’ve asked God to help me take the time; to set it aside for Him. It’s not very easy for me to sit still, as you may know. My hope is that by starting each day off with Him, I will be able to fulfill my other two goals: to serve someone every day and to tell people I love them. (Oh, the power of love; it’s magnetic!) That’s a lot!
Okay, one more! To TRUST GOD! This can certainly change your day! Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.”
Yes, I’m going to try to be better in 2013. This year sure may be different, but even though things may change, remember to rejoice! Never forget God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow! It can be a great year. What God has done in our first 27 years, He can do for us in the future! Trust God!
Oh ya, I almost forgot – HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! I always enjoyed this special day to celebrate love with my Honey, Joan. She was my best friend. I loved her so much and miss her every day. What a special treasure she was to me. She loved each of you dearly. I want you to read a bit about love from her:
People need love all the year long. In America we have generalized the word “love.” It is used daily to express “we love this” and “we love that.” The true meaning of love is much deeper than that. I remember many years ago, when I was on a trip with Mary Crowley. We were shopping (of course!) and I made the comment, “I love that pretty blue tea pot.” Mary was quick to correct me. She said, “No, Joan, you don’t love that tea pot. You like the tea pot; you love me. You like things, but you love people.” I have never forgotten that. I like Premier Jewelry, but I love Premier Jewelers!
In I Corinthians chapter 13, Paul says this: “If we have every gift in the world, and could speak every language there is under heaven, but do not have love, we would only be making a noise.”
Serving others is not always easy to do, but it is a big part of Premier Designs. We are a “people” business. To be successful, we must be able to serve with love. Some people are very hard to love – it does not come naturally. Love never gives up. Love goes on forever. Love builds people up, and people build our business. We thank God for each of you out in the field, serving others with love. You are precious to us.
Have a Happy Valentine’s Day, showing those around you how much you love them! God loves you, and I do too!