Joanne Howard DeGraff was born on February 28, 1932, and passed on July 29, 2022, the daughter of Clyde and Sara Howard. She was a graduate of Crosby High School in Belfast, class of 1950.

Joanne married James DeGraff on June 8, 1952. Together, they built a life and raised a family for 65 years, until his passing in January 2017. She worked for F.W. Woolworth, The Camden Store and The Journal Press before retiring from SAD 34 where she was a cook at the Robertson School.

Since her retirement, she and her husband Jim enjoyed many years at Rainbow Village RV Park in Zephyrhills, Florida. Joanne and Jim enjoyed going camping with their many friends and family. She also enjoyed reading and playing bingo.

Joanne is survived by their two sons, Jack DeGraff and his wife Regina, and John DeGraff and his wife Sandy; three grandchildren, Nicole, Shelby, and Isabelle DeGraff; three great-grandchildren, Sage, Nico and Aria; as well as six step-grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins, along with many friends in both Maine and Florida.

In addition to her parents, Joanne was predeceased by her husband, James, and her two sisters, Hope Smith and Patricia Richards.

A private burial will take place at a later date.

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