After the passing of Joanne Charles, her sister Anne Lavern along with Joanne’s daughters, Tamiko and Atiya, wanted to find a way to honor her memory of Joanne. Thus they started the I Walk for Joanne Annual Walk to raise funds to bring ovarian cancer awareness to the community, especially those citizens in rural communities/areas and raise funds to further ovarian cancer research.
Mrs. Joanne Wilder Charles, also affectionately known as Mommy, Ma, Boonah, Auntie, Aunt Joanne, Sis. Charles, Deaconess Charles, Jo and Sapphire was born on April 5, 1946 in Clarendon County, city of Summerton, SC to the late Richard and Hattie Bell (Mack) Wilder. Joanne was the oldest daughter of her siblings. Joanne was raised in the church and baptized as a child at Shiloh Baptist Church, serving on the Junior Choir, BYPU, and other auxiliaries.
Joanne attended Scott’s Branch High School where she was a member of the basketball team, glee club and graduated with the Class of 1964. She received her degree in Elementary Education from Morris College, Class of 1969. After graduating from college, she moved to New York City where she met and married the late Patrick Charles.
Joanne became an educator with Clarendon School District One for twenty-eight years. She joined the Fire Baptized Holiness Church at Open Fountain serving as Superintendent, Deaconess, Church Clerk and Secretary. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Lodge #366 before becoming a member of the Heroine of Jericho, Rose of Sharon Court #12. She became a member of Saint Mark Missionary Baptist Church in January 2015 where she was accepted with loving arms and served as Vice President for the Missionary Department and Senior Sunday School Teacher.
Joanne leaves behind a family who loves and misses her including her two grandchildren Donivan Thomas and Wallace Charles and a continue legacy Women Wellness to promote and encourage women to focus on their physical and mental health.
Bringing ovarian cancer awareness to the community, especially those citizens in rural areas, and raising funds to further ovarian cancer research.