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Joan Radcliff - December 16, 2008


Joan Lorraine (Ritchey) Radcliff was born July 30, 1940 in Holyoke and died Dec. 16, 2008 at the Heart Hospital in Lubbock, Texas.
She was the daughter of Opal and Lee Ritchey and attended the Holyoke schools, graduating with the class of 1958 as class salutatorian. Joan received her B.A. from Colorado State College with an English major and a minor in Library Science.
She also did graduate work at the University of Nevada. She married Gerald (Jerry) Radcliff on Dec. 23, 1961.
In 1962, her family became an Air Force one with the first assignment in Reno, Nev. Here, Joan was the head librarian for the new Earl Wooster High School, assisting in its accreditation. The couple’s daughter, Christine Annette, was born there in 1964.
From there, they had assignments in Syracuse, N.Y.; Kimpo, Korea; and Rome, N.Y., where their son, Gerald L. II (Gerry) was born in 1969.
Further assignments were in Nebraska, Virginia, Athens, Greece and Syracuse, N.Y. There Joan was treasurer and later, president of the Officer’s Wives Club. Wherever she was, she volunteered in her children’s school libraries.
The Radcliffs moved to Cannon in 1984, where she worked in the Base Library until her retirement in 1991. She and Jerry traveled extensively until her stroke in November, 1998. She had been in declining health since that time.
Joan is survived by her husband Jerry of nearly 47 years; her son Gerry and wife Alyssa of Taos, N.M.; grandson Max Gordon of Tucson, Ariz.; granddaughter Cheyenne Radcliff of Houston, Texas; and sister-in-law and husband Darlene and Cark Korf of Vinita, Okla. She is also survived by two brothers-in-law, Vernon Hogsett of Longmont and Delvis Miller of Norton, Kan., as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, daughter Christine, sister Judy Miller, sister-in-law Dorothy Hogsett and nephew Stephen Korf.
Per Joan’s request, no services are planned and her ashes are to be scattered on her son’s farm in Amalia, N.M.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making a donation to hospice care.