Joan Marie Johnson was born on January 4, 1945, to the late William and Ida Bridgewater Johnson. Joan departed this life for her heavenly home on October 3, 2016, at the age of seventy-one. Joan was educated in both the Orleans Parish catholic and public school systems. Joan's career began as an original member of the famed Dixie Cups. Joan Marie Johnson, a founding member of the musical trio the Dixie Cups, whose hit ""Chapel of Love"" unseated the Beatles ""Love Me Do"" from the top of the Billboard 100 chart in 1964. The trio attained immediate success and went on to have other hits. As a member of the successful trio the Dixie Cups, Joan travelled the world, meeting and befriending music royalty. Joan later left the group due to her illness from sickle-cell anemia. After life as a Dixie Cup, Joan worked at Bellsouth for thirty-years. Joan was married and later divorced from the late Melvin Faust. Joan was raised Catholic and later became a faithful follower of the Jehovah's Witnesses until her death. Joan was a New Orleans Saints fan, loved singing, and being a Jehovah's Witness. Joan had no biological children of her own, but treated all of her nieces and nephews as if they were her own. Joan loved her family unconditionally and was there for anyone in need. Joan was preceded in death by her parents, William & Ida B. Johnson, her siblings; Jay, Joseph, Louella, Joyce Ann and Rozella. Joan leaves to cherish her memories, siblings Howard D. Johnson (Rhealinda), Ida M. Thomas (Earl), sister-in-law Ruby Johnson, her Godchild Jerri Jones (Eddie), and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces, great-great nephews, relatives, friends and members of the music community. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 18, 2016, at 10:00 AM, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses 4926 S. Claiborne Av. New Orleans, Louisiana.
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