of Chelsea, Michigan, age 84, died Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at her home. She was born March 7, 1937, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the daughter of Raymond M. and Amy Elizabeth (Sjostrom) Ramsey.  JoAnne was a member of Waterloo Village UMC where she was the pianist since 1992. She had a great love for creating stained glass art, which she had done since 1993. She also enjoyed music, reading, playing poker, sewing, garage saling, playing  croquet, morel mushroom hunting and family gatherings. Between 1999 & 2008  she traveled to Sweden with her sister, and met dozens of relatives on her mother's side.
JoAnne married William J. Darwin at Westside United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI on August 25, 1956, and he preceded her in death on July 4, 2018. Survivors include three sons, Kirk (Jackie) Veltman of Fruitport, Bill (Marsi Parker) Darwin II of Waterloo, Andrew Darwin of Ann Arbor; three daughters, Rebecca Darwin of Ann Arbor, Lizabeth Darwin of Ann Arbor, Melanie (Tim) Zurlinden of Reading; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Darwin; a sister, Patricia (Alan) Ramsey-Deardorff; a brother-in-law, LeRoy (Sue)  Darwin of Ann Arbor; 17 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; many nieces & nephews, and many cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother-in-law, Arnold Darwin, and two children, Brian Darwin in 2009 and Amy Isadora Darwin in 2010.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 7, 2021, 7:00 p.m. at Cole Funeral Chapel in Chelsea, with Rev. Mary Barrett officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday from 3:00-7:00 p.m. A private burial will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery in Waterloo at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr. Ann Arbor, MI 48103.

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#4 Dana 2021-09-07 15:19
Girls, I am so sorry for the loss of your dear mother. I know she was failing, but losing your mom is very hard, whether it is a blessing or not, still hard.
My mom has been gone since 1970 and I still want to pick up the phone to call her. We all only get one mom, and yours was a treasure.
See you at the store soon I'm sure.
#3 Nancy lazarus 2021-09-04 10:39
Oh, so sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one. I pray you all can hold onto your precious memories. Share them from time to time, so your loved one’s memory gets passed on to each generation.

My deepest condolences
#2 Wade Eckenrod 2021-09-03 22:03
I want to extend my deepest and most sincere condolences to the entire Darwin Family. I've always admired your Mothers strength and her caring selfless nature. JoAnne's kindness was contagious and her memory will live with us all forever.
#1 Nancy Hughes 2021-09-03 17:45
I am so sorry to hear of JoAnne's passing, even though we were expecting it. It is never easy. She was a wonderful, sweet lady. Love her piano playing at church. Earl loved playing poker at their house. RIP JoAnne!

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