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JoAnn (Tompkins) Redden

1928 ~ 2021 (age 92)


Joann Redden, 92, died on August 26 after a lengthy decline. Due to Covid-19, the family will hold a private graveside service on Sat, August 28, with plans for a life-celebration gathering in the fall.

Joann was a person of extraordinary energy, which she channeled into a multi-faceted life. She was born in Shreveport, attended Byrd High School and Louisiana College, and graduated from Centenary College with a B.S. in Education. She taught first grade for three years in the public school system, paused to raise a family, then taught K-3 preschool for twenty-four years at First Baptist Church School in Shreveport. After retiring from teaching, she moved to the school office, where she continued working afternoons until 2014.

Upon her marriage to Walter Redden in 1949, she joined the First Presbyterian Church and, over the next fifty years, served as a Sunday School teacher, Church Library volunteer, Vacation Bible School staff, and Family Night committee member. She was active in the Women of the Church, serving variously as Secretary, Circle Chairman, and Bible Moderator, and was named an Honorary Life Member in 1985. She was a sixty-five-year member of the Clyde Jordan Sunday School class.

She served on the Centenary College Alumni Board and the Volunteers of America Advisory Board. She was a life member of the P.T.A. and wore many P.T.A. hats at Creswell Elementary, Broadmoor Jr. High, and Byrd High Schools. She was a life-long supporter of the Shreve Memorial Library and donated her time and talents as a storyteller at the Broadmoor Branch. She was a dedicated blood donor for five decades.

Her most extensive volunteer work was as a “pink lady” at Schumpert Hospital. At her retirement ceremony in 2014, the Schumpert Guild described her as “one of the most devoted, outstanding volunteers in CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier’s history. Joann first volunteered in 1953, and by the time she retired 61 years later in 2014, she had served 16,741 hours, all in the labor and delivery unit.”

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of fifty-one years, Walter; and her grandson Daniel McCormick. She is survived by her children Steven Redden, Janie James (Ned), and Julie McCormick (Cary); grandchildren Caleb McCormick, Joshua McCormick (LizAnne), Elizabeth McCormick, Mary McCormick Jones (Dustan), and Katie Winningham (Brandon); great-granddaughter Nora Winningham; sister, Mary Alice Colvin; and sister-in-law, Janet Baker.

The family thanks Dr. Richard Sipes and the staff at The Glen Retirement System for our mother’s care during her final years, and suggests that memorial donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church or First Baptist Church School.

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