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Obituary: Joanne B. Despain

Joanne B. Despain, 74, of Rimrock passed away on October 2, 2015.

She was born November 22, 1940 in Flagstaff to the late Josephine and Herbert Babbitt. Joanne was an Elementary School teacher focused on Special Education and counseling at risk students.

She was a devout member of the Catholic Church. Her hobbies included writing poetry, literature and photography.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Newell Dean Despain; her parents and her younger brother.

She is survived by her four children, her brother Butch, her sister Nancy and eleven grandchildren. A memorial mass will be held at 10:30am Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 700 N. Bill Gray Road, Cottonwood, Arizona.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations are suggested to Beaver Creek Elementary School, 4810 E. Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock, AZ 86335.

Donations made in Joanne's name will directly benefit a program that helps special education students' transition to high school.

Information provided by survivors.

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