Joanne (Mémére) Robbins Fry, having been restored through her faith in God, has now joined hands with her husband Curtis in the light of heaven on May 27, 2022.
Joanne was born a southern Jersey girl and the darling daughter of Edward and Della Robbins on September 9, 1936. The middle child of three, Joanne kept a keen eye on her brothers, Eddie and Johnny, making sure they were in the house and safe when the thunderclouds peeked across the horizon and the rush of wind bent the cornstalks. During her days at Bridgeton High School she would dance at the sock hops, get the Bulldog fans on their feet as a cheerleader and then get a chocolate malted at the drug store soda fountain when the football game was over. With high school behind her Joanne attended Goldey-Beacom College earning a Certificate in Medical Administration. It was during her time at Goldey that she caught the eye of a young sailor just back from the Korean war who turned to his friend and, before he had even introduced himself to her, said, “that’s the girl I’m going to marry!” Joanne and Curt had a loving and caring marriage and raised two equally caring children; Lesley, who was precocious and Michael, who, like most redheads, was rambunctious! Joanne worked during her time as a mother, mostly in the medical field with the unenviable task of billing and accounting, but never losing her compassion for the patient. Curt was called to heaven to be the family’s guardian angel shortly after their 26th wedding anniversary and not a day went by that Joanne didn’t think of “the love of her life!”
Shortly after Curt’s passing, Joanne was gifted a grandson and Curtis Andrew was born to Michael and Missy Fry. Convinced she was too young to be called ‘grandma’ Joanne choose the name Mémére and soon became known as simply ‘Mem’. Much like his namesake Curtis had a keen mind and kept Mem on her toes during the days she took care of him! Lesley and Rob Troup added three more to the mix and Kyle, Trevor and Riley enjoyed time on the sands of Lewes beach with their Mem. Mem also made sure that Riley’s husband Gavin knew what a precious girl he was getting! Joanne was overjoyed to get to meet Adellaide Hannah and delighted when she found out Riley and Gavin nicknamed their daughter Della.
Mem retired to Rehoboth Beach and spent countless volunteer hours at Elks Lodge 2540 as their Chaplain, National Federation Co-Chair, and Membership Secretary. She really loved when the Elks Lodge gave out presents at Christmas time to the children in the pediatric care unit of Beebe hospital where her warm spirit and lively personality could enlighten even the darkest soul. The family wishes to personally thank niece Wendy, Donna and Kay, her next-door neighbors, and her friends Bonnie and Gale, for their generosity and kindness in making sure Mem was never alone!
Friends may join family for a remembrance service at McCrery and Harra Funeral Homes at 3710 Kirkwood Highway, Wilmington, DE 19808 on June 4, 2022 with visitation 9:30 to 10:30 and service following. Friends may also be with the family at the graveside, All Saints Cemetery. A luncheon where we can share tears, laughs and favorite memories will be held after the graveside service.
Joanne would be overjoyed if friends and family choose to donate to Mighty Oaks Warrior Programs at: mightyoakswarriorprograms.org.
Mem will be remembered for her laugh, her determination, her steadfast commitment to her beliefs and her faith, but mostly for the love she had for her family and friends. For online condolences visit: www.mccreryandharra.com