Joanne Lawhorn


Joanne Anita Bradley Lawhorn was born on July 9, 1946 to Robert and Juanita Bradley in Columbus, OH. She was a graduate of Columbus City Schools, Columbus Technical Institute and The Ohio State University where she obtained a degree in Social Work. Joanne was a licensed Social Worker for 22 years and was employed by Columbus Mental Health for 17 years.

Joanne received Christ and was baptized at an early age at First English Lutheran Church. She was a current member of New Birth Christian Ministries, where she participated in activities for seniors, church trips, and was a member of the cancer survivor’s group.

Joanne loved her family and stressed the importance of spending time and being together. She looked forward to various activities, especially family game night. Joanne had many interests including crocheting and would make blankets to celebrate life events for others. Although Joanne struggled with physical health challenges, she did not let that stop her from living and enjoying life. She loved to travel and enjoyed cruises, bus and train trips across the country. Being a very social person, Joanne never met a stranger and would easily become a friend and then soon a family member to those she met, maintaining those friendships over her life. She was a former member of Love Thy Neighbor Chapter of the Eastern Star, current member of Stepping into the World Book Club, Bible Study Fellowship, and the Red Hat Ladies. Every Thursday she would spend with the ladies in the senior group at Beatty Recreation Center making crafts and special projects.

Joanne is preceded in death by her infant son, parents, Robert and Juanita Bradley; twin sister, Jeannette Bradley; and brother, Theodore Edwards. Left to cherish her memory, children, Shawn Lawhorn, Lea (Daryl) Dear and Natasha Lawhorn; siblings, Robert (Jacquelyn) Bradley, Linda (Melvin) Nelson, and Michael Bradley; mother in-law, Flora Lawhorn; sister in-law, Debra (Ronald) Ward, 7 grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousin, and special friends. Joanne had a kind and giving spirit and will be missed by those we knew and loved her.

Visitation 10:00am Funeral 11:00am Friday January 6, 2017 at New Birth, 3475 Refugee Road. Interment at Glen Rest Memorial Estates.

Condolence Messages

  1. Natasha & Family,

    Please accept my sincere condolence on the transition of your mother. Continue to look to the hills and up knowing that she is in a better place. Always remember that one day you will be together again. Blessings & Peace

  2. Shirley A Young

    Joanne was a very pleasant Christian lady who I came to know from Bible Study Fellowship during 2015-16. She cared deeply for all those she met and reached out to be a comfort to many as well. I will miss her. God rest her beautiful soul. She’s at peace resting in the arms of her precious Saviour. A generous spirit was she as I came to know her.

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