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Joanne Ezzard Barksdale
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Joanne Ezzard Barksdale, 78, of Portland, Maine, passed away Thursday, July 12, 2012.

She was born July 22, 1933, in Tiger. Joanne lived in Green Ridge Village in Newville, Pa., and in Spruce Head, Maine. She lived for many years in Silver Spring, Md., and Frederick, Md. She is survived by her husband of over 50 years, Thomas H. Barksdale. They were married in the Frederick Presbyterian Church in Frederick, Md.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, William T. Ezzard and Ruth Arrendale Ezzard; and two brothers, William T. Ezzard Jr. and Henry H. Ezzard.

She is also survived by: daughters, Katherine A. Barksdale and Ruth B. Ryberg; a son-in-law, Paul T. Ryberg; and grandchildren, Hanna R. Ryberg, Thomas H. Ryberg and Bennett P. Ryberg. She also is survived by: her brother, John Arrendale Ezzard; M.D.; her sister, Lucy Ezzard Bartlett; and her adopted sister, Jane Chang.

Joanne was a strong and brilliant woman. She graduated with a home economics degree from Berea College in 1953 and then received her master’s degree from Kansas State University in consumer economics. She was a camp counselor and waterfront safety instructor at camps in the Adirondack and Pocono Mountains. She was the department chairwoman of home economics at Hood College in Frederick, Md., and achieved professor emeritus status. Her passion as an educator carried throughout her life, even though multiple sclerosis took her away from her profession in 1973. She was an avid sports enthusiast and loved women’s athletics, the Orioles, Braves, Redskins and Packers. She loved the coast of Maine and shared that love with many.

Memorial service arrangements will be determined at a later date. Assistance and guidance are being provided by A.T. Hutchins, LLC, in Portland. An online guestbook is available at

Donations in her memory can be made to the Frederick Presbyterian Church in Frederick, Md., or to Berea College in Berea, Ky.

The Clayton Tribune, July 19, 2012