Joanne's Story

DESERT HOT SPRINGS, CALIF. - On Friday, June 13, 2014, Joanne Louise Hennessey passed away peacefully with family by her side at her home in Desert Hot Springs, California. Joanne was born in Machias, Maine, on March 30, 1957, and spent her childhood in Whitneyville, where she truly adored having five brothers for companionship; she would often share stories of their youth with such pride. As an adult, she resided in East Machias, as a compassionate and ever loving mother to her children, Kenton and Amanda Albee. She often expressed being a mother to her children as her greatest accomplishment. She put her children first everyday as she enjoyed the simpler things in life such as homemade crafts and summertime at camp. It wasn't until her children were grown she decided to venture to California in search of new experiences and a life without the freeze of winter. She was able to find a new beginning and a revived inspiration for personal growth. She continued upon her spiritual journey, educating herself on new age philosophies and connecting herself to her new found world surrounded by palm trees and sunshine.

Joanne was predeceased by her parents, Clement (Bill) and Betty (Dennison) Hennessey; and grandparents, Mariner and Thelma (Preston) Dennison, and Clement and Mildred (Bagley) Hennessey. Joanne is survived by her son, Kenton Albee and girlfriend, Christina Ramsdell, of Farmingdale; daughter, Amanda Albee and husband, Chester Scamman, of Scarborough; brother, John Hennessey and wife, Katie Fleury, of Thurmond, NC; brother, Robert Hennessey and wife, Judy, of Golden, CO; brother, George Hennessey and wife, Judy, of Jaffrey, NH; brother, Bill Hennessey and wife, Yessenia, of Golden, CO; brother, Steven Hennessey and wife, Barbara, of Essex Junction, VT; best friend forever, Anna Jediny of Trenton; many nieces and nephews; and loving companion, Andrew (Steve) Austin of Desert Hot Springs, CA.

A memorial for her will be held August, 15, 2014, at 11:00 am at the family's homestead at 385 Maine Street, East Machias, Maine. Directly following at 12:00 pm all are invited to attend a celebration of her life with family and friends for a pot luck of appetizers and memories at the East Machias Municipal Building, 573 Main St., East Machias, ME 04630. In lieu of flowers, please consider bringing a dish to share at the celebration of her life.
Published in Bangor Daily News
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