JoAnn LeBlanc Quirk passed away March 8 in Tulsa, Okla. at the age of 84. She is formerly of Stillwater, and a graduate of Oklahoma State University, having earned her Master of Science and Master of Education, and was a PhD candidate with support from the National Science Foundation. JoAnn was a Sister of Divine Providence, graduating from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas, and taught at both Providence Catholic School (San Antonio) and Bishop Kelley High School (Tulsa), among other CDP-supported schools in Texas and Louisiana. JoAnn left the order during graduate school at OSU, and recalled first meeting her future husband Patrick after mass, looking for her keys. She found her keys and Patrick. The Church was their home and she was a long-time parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Church. JoAnn and Patrick eventually married and had three sons, Paul James, Patrick Shannon, and Sean St. Clair. JoAnn and Patrick built their lives, family and business together. Born in Iota, Louisiana, JoAnn was one of seven children, and grew up climbing trees, swimming in the creek and accompanying her father to the family rice farm along the Mermentau River. She was a mother, an aunt, a teacher, a scientist, an artist and a caregiver. JoAnn took good care of Patrick, especially these last few years as he became weaker. She was doing ok until Christmastime. Since then, her health started to rapidly deteriorate, and she joined Patrick in long-term care. When they reunited there, their eyes and smiles, despite being weak, were strong and happily directed to one another. They knew, from the beginning, that they would be together to the end. Now she rests in peace. JoAnn is survived by her husband and three sons. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gaston and Beatrice (Lina) LeBlanc, sisters Beatrix (Trixie), Emma Lee, Lucille Mae (Lou), Rose Marie (Bobbie) and brothers Gaston Jr. (Bus) and Jack Henry. JoAnn donated her body for medical research and the family will have a memorial/celebration of her life later this year. JoAnn had a green thumb, so in lieu of flowers, please consider a tribute gift in her honor to the Sisters of Divine Providence's Resource Conservation efforts (www.cdptexas.org/donate).
Published on March 14, 2018