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Obituary for Joanna Strout (Clark)

Joanna  Strout (Clark)
Joanna Clark Strout (aka Grammie Jo), age 94, of Milbridge, Maine, went to be with the Lord at 8:15am on October 14, 2018 while at Haciendas at Grace Village memory care facility in Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Joanna was born in Steuben, Maine on January 29, 1924 to Edwin and Myra (Philbrick Huntley) Clark. She had seven siblings -- Harry, Elsie, Alvoid, Eunice (“Tootsie”), Albert, Rudy, and Dorothy Jean (“Dot”) -- with whom she kept in close contact until they passed. She was married to Mervin (“Bruddy”) Strout for 54 years until he passed in 1997. She is survived by her sons, Duane Strout of Pensacola, Florida and Dennis Strout, LCDR USN Ret. (wife Joyce) of Deming, New Mexico, former daughter-in-law Judith Pangburn, grandchildren Debora Strout, Leah Simpson, Lorraine Casto (husband Keith), Thomas Strout and Fred Strout (wife Racheal), great-grandchildren Brian, Woodrow (wife Victoria), Patrick, Amanda, Joanna, Kayla, Joshua, Dennis, Kassandra and Stephen, great-great-granddaughters Lotyss and Natalie, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and their families. Joanna is predeceased by grandsons Donald and Stewart, and great-grandson Blake.

Joanna worked in a local fish factory while raising her sons. After her sons left home, Joanna took a nurse’s aide course in Calais and started working at Down East Community Hospital (DECH) in Machias. While working full-time, Joanna attended nursing school. She became a practical nurse and worked full-time while completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing. She ultimately became an RN and worked for over 20 years at DECH before retiring. Joanna was also a volunteer ambulance attendant for many years. She was active in her local church, First Baptist Church of Harrington, for over 70 years, teaching Sunday school, leading youth groups, visiting nursing homes, and helping out wherever needed. She was well-known for her cooking, baking, and knitting, as well as housing out-of-town visitors, including family members, friends, missionaries, former pastors and their families. Her chocolate pies (secret ingredient: a spoonful of instant coffee) were famous at church potlucks!

Joanna was known as Grammie Jo to all of the children in her extended family and community and was one of Milbridge’s longest residents, having lived in her home for over 73 years. Joanna enjoyed visiting family and traveling across the United States (except not in planes). She was an avid reader and faithfully wrote letters to her far-flung family and friends.

There will be a viewing at First Baptist Church of Harrington on November 9, 6pm-8pm. Services will be November 10 at 10:30am at the First Baptist Church of Harrington immediately followed by burial at Rock Maple Cemetery. Pastor Sean Cowland will officiate. A lunch fellowship will follow at 1pm at the American Legion Hall in Cherryfield. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church of Harrington building fund (1727 Main Street, Harrington, ME 04643). "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."—Psalms 116:15. “Be it known that while we are sorrowing, Christ is rejoicing.” Spurgeon, Feb 18, 1872.

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