JoAnn Mann died Nov. 1, 2010 in Seattle. She was 53.
JoAnn was Eagle-Thunderbird, Shangukeidi from the House Lowered from the Sun, of Klukwaan, Alaska. Her Tlingit name is Kaaxaati.
JoAnn's family said she was graced with beauty, love, strength, compassion, exceptional intelligence and independence. She passed while sleeping, and is now free of her life-long disability of cerebral palsy, a condition she accepted and worked on daily to overcome. She exceeded her life expectancy by nearly 30 years. One of her favorite books and one she recommended to all her family was "The Power of your Subconscious Mind," by Joseph Murphy, Ph.D., DD. A recent favorite song was "Beautiful" sung by Christina Aguilera.
JoAnn was born in Juneau on June 25, 1957. She graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1976 then moved to Seattle, where she made her home in the city.
Absolutely nothing held her down or kept her from doing what she set out to do or going where she wanted to go. She was unstoppable, and her electric wheelchair became an extension and form of expression of her mobility, determination and independent personal strength. If a family member was ever in need she was there. She was filled with life and vigor, love and laughter, wisdom and emotions without shame or embarrassment. She understood and embraced all of what is important in one's life, and especially the very special love, support, strength and compassion of her family.
JoAnn taught everyone the ability to empathize, to remain strong and independent.
JoAnn's family said she will live on forever in the hearts and minds of all who were blessed to have been touched by her pure love and energy. She is with us all in all ways, shapes and forms, and she always will be.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her mother, Jeanette Lena Mann, who passed away on June 17, 2004. Since her passing, JoAnn would say she wanted to join her mother. Now she has.
She is survived by her siblings, Victoria S. Mann-Angelo, Christy D. (Mann) Ross, Michael E. Mann, Brenda L. (Mann) Pelot and Rhonda J. Mann; nephews, Cory J. Mann, Isaac Mann and Kevin Mann; niece Sierra S. Angelo; and many more nieces, nephews, uncles, aunts and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 22, 2010 at the Northern Light United Church.