Joanne F. Speed

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Joanne F. Speed, 88
PORTLAND -- Joanne F. Speed, 88, of Portland, died peacefully on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
Joanne was born in Punxsutawney, Pa., on Jan. 18, 1926, to the late E. Frank and Mary (Wells) Bloom. She attended local schools there, and graduated from Wooster College in Ohio with a B.A. in Education.
Joanne worked briefly for the educational system in Ohio, but more than anything she was a stay at home mom that loved to care for her children and husband.
Joanne loved the outdoors. She enjoyed long walks on the beach at Pine Point and taking in all the beauty of nature. In her down time Joanne enjoyed reading and doing crossword puzzles, and she had a great love of animals. Her quick wit and sense of humor could always bring a smile to others.
Above everything was her love of family. Joanne was a loving wife and beloved mother and grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be deeply missed.
Predeceasing Joanne was her husband David in March of this year; and a brother, Frank 'Bud' Bloom. Joanne is survived by a daughter, Melinda J. Craig of Richmond, Va., a son, William J. 'Bill' Speed of Scarborough and his partner Kimberly Koch-Govert of Pittsford, N.Y.; a sister, Jean Reimer, a brother, Richard 'Dick' Bloom; four grandchildren, Andy Craig and his wife Audrey Burges, Amy Craig, Dominic Govert, and Lucas Govert; and a great-granddaughter, Payson Craig.
Family and friends are invited to attend a 1:30 p.m. graveside service on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at the Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., in Portland. Care for Joanne and her family has been entrusted to the Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home of Portland.
In lieu of flowers, the Speed family suggest memorials be made in Joanne's memory to the Kennebunk Animal Welfare Society at,
or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at
Joanne F. Speed
Jones, Rich & Hutchins
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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on June 10, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home
199 Woodford Street | Portland, ME 04103 | (207) 775-3763
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