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On January 5, 2021, JoAnn Troxler died peacefully with her devoted husband, Drew Troxler, and family by her side at Habersham House, Savannah, GA.

JoAnn was born November 21, 1934, in Jacksonville, Florida. She attended Robert E. Lee High School where she met some lifelong friends who joined her in attending South Georgia College where they were active in the Drama Club. JoAnn was a graduate of Florida State University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and a teaching certificate. She began her teaching career at Fishweir Elementary School where she taught 3rd and 4th grade.

It was at a Christmas Party 62 years ago where she met her beloved Drew. JoAnn took advantage of the piano and played Christmas carols while other guests crowded around. Drew was home from college at VMI where he had been well trained by The Glee Club as well as routine cadence. They entertained guests by his singing and her accompaniment and thus began their lifelong duet. Once settled in Savannah, GA, with their two daughters in elementary school, JoAnn restarted her teaching career at Gadsden Elementary, Romana Riley School and East Broad Magnet School. As a gifted teacher to those students needing a different approach to reading and math, and one who rewarded children for reaching goals, she was often recognized around town by her former pupils. She always greeted them with delight and interest.

JoAnn loved to travel and always enjoyed a good road trip, especially to visit family, shop for antiques, pick strawberries, drive to Lexington for a VMI game (or just to catch the beauty of the landscape). She persuaded Drew to take their children and grandchildren on the ultimate road trip to England as part of the entourage for the St. John’s Church Choir.

JoAnn served her community by leading her daughter’s Brownie Troop, sharing her years of classroom experience with new teachers, advocating for her students, supporting the Business Women’s Guild and being a docent at the Green-Meldrim House, the parish house of St. John’s Episcopal Church. For fun, she loved to spoil her grandchildren and play Bridge. The Covid-19 pandemic restricted her opportunities to gather and she truly missed her Bridge lady friends. Her grandchildren loved the trips to the museums and monuments, late night movies and midnight jaunts to the bookstore for the latest Harry Potter book, and they remember how she made them each feel extra special by her efforts to prepare their favorite meals and make any occasion grand or at the very least more fun.

She is predeceased by her mother, Mattie Louise Clark Bledsoe of Tarpon Springs, FL, father, James Homer Clark from Barnesville, GA, stepfather, Peyton Bledsoe, and younger brother Ronald D. Clark, and many dear friends from Jacksonville, FL, North Augusta, SC, Fairfax County, VA, and Savannah, GA.

She is survived by her loving husband, Paul Drewry Troxler, daughters Chambliss Stevens (Mark) and Mallory Lehn (Jesse), grandchildren Meredith Hester (Jonathan), Mary Lehn, Turner Stevens and John Lehn, her two faithful dogs, Peter Parker and Mary Jane, as well as many extended family and friends she held dear. The family expresses gratitude to all the caregivers at Habersham House and to Savannah Hospice for their comfort and compassion.

A memorial service will be held outdoors in the courtyard of St John’s Episcopal Church Savannah, on Monday, January 11, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. with masks and social distancing required.

You are invited to view the funeral service of Mrs. Troxler by clicking here.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that remembrances may be made to St John’s Church, 1 West Macon Street, Savannah, Georgia 31401.

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  1. Kathleen Mahoney Taylor says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about Mrs. Troxler. I taught with her at East Broad many years ago. I was early on in my career and she was so full of great ideas and pearls of wisdom about life. We were together the morning of the Oklahoma City Bombing. I learned many life lessons from her. I have actually looked her up many times but was not able to find her.

    Sorry to her about her passing. What a terrific lady! My thoughts are with you at this time.

  2. Tinka & Al Pace says:

    We are saddened to hear of JoAnn’s passing. May God welcome her to Heaven. We were very fond of JoAnn and enjoyed being with her and Drew. She was quite a lady and will be missed. Our condolences to the family on your loss

  3. Mary A. Garvin says:

    My thoughts and deepest sympathy to all of JoAnne’s family. She was a lovely and very talented southern lady and never met a stranger. I had the privilege of teaching piano to her grandson, Turner, and enjoyed her love and friendship through those years. She will be missed by so many loved-ones and friends, but my prayer is that God will happily welcome her to her eternal home with HIM in Heaven. May GOD surround each of you with love and tender care at this difficult time.

  4. Peggy Gardner says:

    Mike and I send our condolences. She was a lot of fun, energy and kindness. That smile, too! Lit up a room. So sorry for your loss.

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  6. Baylan Thomas says:

    My deepest sympathy is with your family.

  7. Betsy Hollis says:

    We are so saddened by Joann’s passing. She was a wonderful friend and coworker. Her support and guidance while we taught at Riley Elementary school was a wonderful gift. She has been in my thoughts recently, but I had lost touch. She loved her family so very much. Joann offered such sweet advice when I was juggling our newborn son and teaching. Our daughter shares a Nov. 21st birthday with her. Celeste’s baby girl is now wearing the beautiful smocked dress that Joann gave her in 1983.
    May she Rest In Peace.

  8. TracyChance says:

    Condolences to the family! May good memories get you all through this difficult time!

  9. Cynthia Kelley says:

    Guy and I were so very sorry to hear about Mrs.Troxler’s passing. I remember one summer where I practically lived at your house on the weekends, Chambliss. Your mom just treated me like I was just one of her girls. She was so witty and smart and she always made it a point to find out how everyone around her was doing. I know you all will miss her so much but take comfort in her life well lived!

  10. Karen Janhrette Grant says:

    Ms Troxler was my teacher at Romana Riley around 1975-76. She was a dedicated and patient teacher. She is gone, but not forgotten. May she rest in peace.

  11. Sue Stevens says:

    Chambliss, I’m so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I do remember meeting her years ago and thought she was such a lovely, gracious lady!

    My love and prayers go out to you and Mallory and your families! May God grant you peace and consolation from wonderful memories! ❤️

  12. April Alston says:

    Mrs. Troxler was my First Grade Teacher. She did a one on one with and told me i had potential. Didn’t understand at the time BUT I DO NOW. LOVE YOU MRS. TROXLOR

  13. April Alston says:

    She was my first grade teacher. Love her patient and individual connect wuth her students. Rest In Peace Mrs Troxler

  14. Nancy Furlong says:

    My deepest condolances on the loss is your mother. She looks like she would have been a very interesting, joyful, person to know. I pray that prior happy memories will help sustain you during this painful, sad time. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Leonard Bracken says:

    Mrs. Troxler was my mother’s best friend and such an excellent friend. It always made my mom happy to hear JoAnn’s kind voice over the phone and even happier to see her big smile when they could be together–a smile that still shines, for me, with the light of life.

  16. Susan Scott Martin says:

    Dear Troxler family,
    Please know how sad I am to hear of dear JoAnn’s passing. So very fortunate to watch her service on Mallory’s email. Thank you. I know it’s not easy to lose the one you love, but knowing she is at peace will give us all peace of mind.
    Love to all the Troxler’s.

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