WASHINGTON — It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of our dear mother, JoAnn Luce, on Nov. 5, 2022, at the age of 75. JoAnn was born on Nov. 17, 1946, to Bernice and Melvin Kennedy.

JoAnn married Larry Luce on Nov. 27, 1964, having four children together. They raised their children in Union before moving to Washington in 1997.

JoAnn was a wonderful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend. She was always there if anyone needed. She had many friends and was well-loved by the community.

JoAnn was passionate about her faith. She was a committed member of the Washington Village Church in Washington. She was invested in serving her community, annually volunteering at the polling stations in Union and Washington.

JoAnn was proud to have founded and operated the Come Spring Café in Union before retiring. There, her welcoming personality and excellent culinary skills comforted many hungry patrons. In her free time, JoAnn enjoyed going to auctions, baking, and hosting her extended family for lobster feeds, pig roasts, and Christmas celebrations.

JoAnn unconditionally loved her children and grandchildren. She was the center and anchor of her big, beautiful family, supporting them through their highs, lows, and everything in between. She was “like a mom” to countless friends of her children and cooked for everyone who visited her home.

She was unselfish to a fault, often overlooking her own needs to care for others. She fiercely defended those that she loved.

JoAnn is survived by her beloved husband of 57 years, Larry; daughter Deborah Hall (husband Ethan Kramer), son Larry Luce, Jr. (wife Sue Luce), son David Luce (wife Melissa Luce), son Jason Luce (wife Michelle Luce); nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren, who will miss her dearly.

A celebration of JoAnn’s life will be held at Hall’s of Waldoboro, 949 Main St. in Waldoboro. Friends will be received from 10-11 a.m. and services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022, at 11 a.m.

In place of flowers, please donate to an organization that touched JoAnn’s life, the American Heart Association, by mail to American Heart Association, PO Box 840692, Dallas, TX 75284-0692, or online at ahatribute.funraise.org/fundraiser/joann-luce.