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In Memory of
JoAnn Tubis Doolittle Funches
December 1, 1945 - April 27, 1994
My Mom was born on December 1, 1945 in Philadelphia, PA to Hampton Champa Doolittle and Mildrid Tubis Joyce Doolittle. She was older sister to Hampton "Ned" and Hope (deceased). She married Andre J. Funches in November 1964. They had 4 children: myself (Leslie), Gary, Brian and Stephen.

She was a dedicated wife and mom who worked for Germantown Hospital & Medical Center as an Ultrasound Technologist. 

She never knew a stranger.  She had an ability to reach out to others in their sorrow, pain or difficult circumstances.  I am proud to say that I never heard her speak ill of anyone.  She loved life and the people whose lives crossed her path.

She loved art, poetry, nature.  She also loved to dine out and discover new foods and quaint little restaruants!

On December 1, her 43rd birthday, she had surgery which revealed Ovarian Cancer.  She had many vague symptoms for months but many of her doctors did not know(the symptoms) or listen to her concerns.  She performed an ultrasound on herself and saw fluid in her Fallopian tube.  She knew this wasn't good.  Her fight to battle this awful disease had begun.

She went through many different rounds of treatments from Chemo to Natural Alternatives, always willing to fight this invader in her body.  In April of 1994, on the 27th day early that morning, she took her last breath in her war ravaged body.

We her family are left with her legacy of love and hope for life.
w/me 1965
Pregnant w/me
Mom, I love you and miss you more than you could ever know, but I know that where you are now, you know not deaths sting nor the hurts that you bore while here on this temporary home called Earth.  --Leslie

"For we know that when this tent we live in now is taken down--when we die and leave these bodies--we will have wonderful new bodies in heaven, homes that will be ours forevermore, made for us by God himself, and not by human hands."

2 Corinthians 5:1
The Living Bible--paraphrased
Mom and Dad
with Stephen--1980
Mom and me, Gary and Brian, sometime around 1970.
Mom with her sister, Hope and Dad, Hampton.
Brian's 2nd birthday
Gary (w/"Kimba"), Leslie, Brian and Mom-this is one of my fave pictures of Mom.
w/Stephen 1986?
Grandchildren of JoAnn!!
Joanna & I - Ocho Rios, Jamaica Oct. 2008
Sanaa & Stephen
Joanna in her sportswear modeling outfit for a modeling/dance competition Spring 2008
You have been listening to "Because You Loved Me"