|Death: ||Aug. 10, 2008|
Jocarol Hann, 71, passed away at the San Luis Care Center in Alamosa, Colo. on Sunday Aug. 10, 2008 after a three year battle with cancer. She was cremated in an open air ceremony in Crestone, Colo. on Wed, Aug. 13, 2008.
Jocarol was born in Indianapolis, Ind, and she began studying her music and playing the harp at the age of 10 and went to a conservatory to practice every day after school. She continued her music while living in South America where for 13 years she played her concert harp in ensembles and orchestras. Performing in plays in Ecuador and Colombia deepened her understanding of the culture and language of these countries. She applied her experiences later teaching English to immigrants from Latin America living in the San Luis Valley.
Living in Australia was another adventure away from the USA. And several years ago, she signed up for a three year teaching position in Japan. Jocarol had no trouble making friends wherever she went and remained in touch with many people she met during her extensive travels. She finally settled down in the San Luis Valley and kept applying her talent in music at the Crestone Community choir singing and of course playing the harp. The desire to engage in daily life and the community made her volunteer in many organizations such as Habitat of Humanity, Alamosa Live Music Association, The Nature Conservancy, Archeological Group, Youth Crane Fest, and The Friends of Wildlife Refuge in the Valley, where she, as recently as last year, was helping tear down wire fences in the Baca Fish and Wildlife Refuge.
Jocarol made many everlasting friendships due to her good humor and loving personality. Only one week before her final going home, a 105-year old friend from Indianapolis she had met in South America on a beach, told her she will keep a place for Jocarol on that beach when she will come there. Now Jocarol is there first waiting for her 105-year old friend.
Jocarol Hann is dearly missed by her partner Peter Schlege; her son Joseph Cunliffe and family and her daughter, Charlotte Cunliffe and her family.
Donations in her memory can be sent to the Crestone End-of-Life Project, P.O. Box 1238, Crestone, CO 81131.
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Created by: Ms. Clyde
Record added: Sep 19, 2008
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