Joan Meixell | 1947 - 2011 | Obituary

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Joan Meixell

Born: July 11, 1947
Died: December 27, 2011

Joan Morgan Meixell, age 64, of 1841 Old Watauga River Road, Sugar Grove, died Tuesday, December 27, 2011, at Levine & Dixon Hospice House in Huntersville.

Joan grew up in Caldwell, New Jersey, the daughter of Oliver and Edith Meixell. She received a bachelor’s degree in art from Thiel College in Greenville, Pennsylvania and a Master of Science and a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Memphis. She was a silk screen artist for over 30 years and a member of the Hands Gallery crafts cooperative in Boone. Her work appeared in juried exhibitions in Johnson City, Memphis, Germantown (TN), Nashville, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York City. She was a musician who worked as the program editor for the Philadelphia Orchestra for six years and sang with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. She also played the viola da gamba. She has worked at Appalachian State University since 1997, most recently as a University Library Specialist in the Music Library. Joan loved all of nature and the outdoors. She loved to run and completed the Triple Crown Half Marathon from Boone to Blowing Rock on August 27, 2011.

Joan leaves behind her life partner of 31 years Ann Viles, her brother David Meixell and sister-in-law Nancy Meixell, her sister Martha Pirone and brother-in-law Ralph Pirone, her cousin Gale Chandler, and many loving nieces and nephews, friends, colleagues, and students.

Funeral services for Joan Morgan Meixell will be conducted Tuesday afternoon, January 3, 2012, at 2:00 o'clock, at Hampton Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state, at the chapel, from 12:30 until 2:00 o'clock. Officiating will be Reverend Melanie Childers.

The family will receive friends Tuesday afternoon, from 12:30 until 2:00 o'clock, at the funeral home, prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Watauga Humane Society, PO Box 1835, Boone, NC 28607-8551.

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Hampton Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of the arrangements.

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