Thanks to Friends member Tom Leibert for the photos.
Joan Stephens was a force for nature, especially for nature in our part of the world. She was the founding president of the Friends and served on the Board from the time Bylaws were incorporated and we became a nonprofit organization until the Annual Meeting in 2011, when she retired. Even after she was not serving on the Board, she led bird walks weekly and advised Board members regularly.
At age 89, Joan died peacefully in hospice care this week. Her obituary, prepared by her family, all of whom are long-time Friends members, appeared in Cedar Key News today and will also be in the Gainesville Sun.
We miss you, Joan.