Joan Elaine (Griffin) Byrd (1950 - 2018)

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Joan Elaine Griffin Byrd, 67, of Jay, Florida, died Wednesday night, March 7, 2018, after a lengthy illness. She was a true believer of God, a Christian, and a member of Jay First Baptist Church.

Joan was born on June 27, 1950, to James Carlton "Doc" and Senior Rae Griffin in Lineville, Alabama. After her parents died, Joan became the loving matriarch of her family to her siblings: sisters, Doris Jackson and Debbie Bell (John), and brothers, James and Bryan (Shannon). Joan is also survived by numerous nephews and nieces. She loved them dearly. Even though Joan never gave birth to any children of her own, she was a mother figure to many.

Joan graduated from Jay High School in 1968 and later attended Sacred Heart X-Ray Technician School. She worked as an x-ray technician in local hospitals in the Santa Rosa and Escambia County areas. Her later career was spent at Monsanto, where she retired about ten years ago.

Joan's retirement years were devoted to taking care of her invalid mother and keeping her mother's flower shop open. Some of Joan's fondest memories were growing up in that shop. Flowers brought smiles and comfort. Flowers healed a lot of hearts. Customers became her friends as she listened to their stories, both happy and sad. She helped bury their loved ones, welcome their newborns into the world, celebrate another year gone by with perfect floral arrangements with her smiles and heartfelt emotion. Flowers were the channels of her exuberance and the vessels to pour out her love.

One of Joan's favorite quotes about friendship from an unknown author: "It takes a minute to find a friend, an hour to appreciate them, but it takes a lifetime to forget them." Joan will never be forgotten by the people who loved her. She was sweet, passionate, witty, caring, loving, and so full of life. She tried lifting others up on some of her worst days.

A selfless person, Joan was a generous and spiritual person. She would invest herself wholeheartedly into endeavors, for she was adventuresome and tenacious. She worked faithfully with resources that she had, stayed with tasks even when discouraged, held on to life, and lived life her way. She was always more concerned with the happiness of others than for herself. Her rewards in Heaven today will be her final remittance.

Joan's final wish was for her siblings to come together as a family. Her message to family and friends on December 31, 2017, states it so well: "Family is a gift, and all the love is the glue to mend it when we have lost friends, parents, and grandparents. Forgive and forget. Understand that everyone is unique. Let God help you each day. He is waiting for you to just ask."

The family would like to thank Covenant Hospice Care for their care of Joan during her final days.

Joan's internment will be beside her parents at Jay Cemetery at an undisclosed date and time at Joan's request.

Published in Santa Rosa Press Gazette from Mar. 11 to Apr. 10, 2018
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