Joanne Mozelle Bynum, 83, of Bryan, Texas went home to be with her Lord and Savior on May 1, 2022.
Joanne was born in Cairo, Illinois on March 16,1939, to parents Hunter E. and Mozelle M. Bynum. She spent her childhood growing up in St. Louis, Missouri.
Joanne graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education from Central Methodist University. She then went on to pursue a double Masters of Education with K-12 Reading Certification from the University of Missouri. Later in life she continued to take intellectually challenging liberal arts courses at Washington University in St. Louis. She was very knowledgeable on the people and history of St. Louis, and was a member of Campbell House Museum, one of America’s premier historic property museums.
Joanne was a dedicated and exceptional teacher. She mainly taught kindergarten and first grade but had experience teaching other grades as well. She taught at Bittberg Air Force Base in Germany for 2 years and spent over 40 years teaching in the Ferguson-Florissant School District. She loved her students and delighted in getting them “on the road” to reading.
Since teaching was such a huge part of Joanne’s life she was active in many organizations related to education. Some of these included The National Education Association, The Missouri National Education Association, The International Reading Association, and Alpha Delta Kappa, an honorary organization for women educators.
In addition to teaching, reading, theater, and worldwide travel fed her soul. She had a phenomenal memory of those experiences. She also loved to visit family and friends whenever possible.
Another important part of Joanne’s life was her Christian faith. On June 15, 1952, at the age of 13 years, she became an active member of Bellefontaine United Methodist Church in St. Louis.
Joanne was kind, caring, and loyal. She was a wonderful teacher and friend who will be deeply missed by all who were blessed to have known her.
Joanne is reunited in heaven with her parents Hunter E. Bynum and Mozelle M. Bynum. Joanne is survived by many loving cousins and caring friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Joanne’s honor to Campbell House Museum in St. Louis, Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri or a charity of your choice.