Joan Blondell Burroughs-Stone sunrise was on April 18, 1940 in Sumpter, South Carolina. Her sunset was on Monday, April 20, 2020 at New York City St. Lukes Hospital. Joan was born to Henry Burroughs of Timersville, SC and Elizebeth Albert-Burroughs of Sumpter, SC. Her life succumbed to COVID 19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus during the historical pandemic that swept across the world beginning in November 2019. At the time of her sunset she resided in the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Joan was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, sister in law, aunt and cousin. Her siblings are Geneva, Barbara (Tahirah), Henry (Sabor), Ronald, Audrey, Herman, Gregory (Khalief) and an Aunt Rose. Joan grew up in Harlem at the Steven Forster Housing Complex which was later renamed Martin Luther King Towers. While residing there she met her childhood sweetheart Edward Louis Stone Sr. who she later married and shared three beautiful children; Edward Louis Stone Jr., Gerrick Demetrius Stone Sr. and Tonja Motaka Stone-Deleston. Joan and Louis later moved to the Woodrow Wilson Housing Development Complex off the FDR Drive in Harlem where they raised their family.
She attended Seward Park High School in New York City and worked as a domestic engineer rearing her children full-time. After her children became of age, she served in banking for Chemical and Chase Banks. While working at the bank she successfully completed her GED in 1990.
Her first love and life’s work was her family. She enjoyed family, friends, dancing, social gatherings, music (especially Smokey Robinson), movies and a good novel. She loved family meals. Some of her favorite foods were fried and baked chicken, rice, collard greens, string beans, lima beans and oxtail, and can’t forget her hotdogs and pickles was a must. Anyone who knew her cooking requested her infamous crispy fried chicken.
Her life’s motto was “Family First.” She believed in God and wherever she went, he was in her heart. She enjoyed talk shows and documentaries. She had a friendly fun-loving spirit that loved to joke and laugh. She was charitable with her time and home. She always welcomed her family with open arms. She never passed judgment and always maintained a positive demeanor. She often allowed family members to temporarily stay with her when in need. Her generosity extended to rearing a few nieces and nephews as her own. Her house was the go-to house, a safe haven and a place of peace. She had a love for dogs and animal print clothing. If you were considering a gift from the heart to brighten her day, you could never go wrong with anything leopard. She would absolutely love it.
Joan is survived by her children; Edward Louis Stone (Kymmau), Gerrick Demetrius Stone (Mechey/Tau), and Tonja Motaka Stone-Deleston and her son-in-law, William Deleston; her grandchildren; Louie, Temetrius (Joannie), Ebanasia (April), William (Billie), Tonja (Taka), Darell, Imani, Shawanda, Juwan, Gerrick Jr., Toya, Ta-Neter, Tep-Ra; her sisters, Tahirah, Audrey; her brothers Herman and Gregory, her Aunt Rose, and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and in laws.
She was predeceased by her mother, Elizabeth, her father Henry, her sister Geneva, her brothers Henry (Sabor) and Ronald, her ex-husband Edward and her granddaughter Shaquanna.
Words cannot describe how much she will be missed, how much she is loved, and the space that can never be filled. Joan was the epitome of what it meant to be a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin, purely the best. She was a walking angel on earth who has now found her wings in heaven. The footprints she left shall forever remain in the hearts of those who known and loved her and for that she will forever be celebrated.
Services are private.
“God has plucked one of His most precious flowers from His beautiful garden. Scented with love; brightened with vivid color, the lingering joy that Joan Burroughs Stone spread throughout her family and world lives on forever and ever. Rest in Peace gentle flower.”
Love~ Peace ~ Happiness