Joanna Ebanks, a choice daughter of God was recalled home on Tuesday, August 15th 2017. She was born on February 24, 1959 to parents Joe and Wegi Stroud in Colombia, SC, Joanna has most recently resided in Longwood, FL for the past 28 years. She has also lived in Gainesville, FL and Colorado.
Joanna was full of faith and lived her life as an example of Christian service. She was a dedicated mother to her four children, loving, teaching and nurturing them with all of her heart.
She loved nature and appreciated every one of Heavenly Father’s creatures. She also loved travel and had many opportunities to see the beautiful places of the world. She was a shining light of happiness and positive energy to all around her. She had a passion for preparing her family and others for emergencies and authored her own website, honeybeepantry.com
Joanna is survived by her loving and grateful family, husband Steve and children Justin, Adam, Stephanie and Jacob, as well as her mother Wegi Stroud and her brother David Stroud. And last but not least, her first grandchild Ella (coming soon).
She is now reunited with her father Joe Stroud who preceded her.
She will be missed by many friends and family and remembered fondly for her fun and happy spirit and loving example.
Visitation for the receiving of friends and family will be held on Friday, August 25, 2017 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home in Winter Park, FL. An additional visitation is available for Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 10:00 AM prior to Funeral Services at 11:00 AM located at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 2255 Lake Emma Road, Lake Mary, FL.
We kindly encourage family, friends, and loved ones to please take an opportunity to sign the family's guest book located at www.careyhandcoxparker.com.
It's hard to believe Joanna is gone. I love her so much. She was always cheerful, loving, and true to what she believed. She knew of my interest in natural remedies and would often bring these to my family when we were sick. And I would often reach out to her and ask for advice on how to treat my sick children. She has been my mentor and I hope to emulate her desire to learn and then serve those around her. I am a better mother and person because of my sweet association with her. I look forward to the day when I can hug her again.
Jessica SpeedAltamonte Springs, FL
Love you all. It was an honor and blessing to know Joanna
Melissa & Liam SimmonsWinter Park, FL
I have loved Joanna ever since met her. I met her in person only once, but we wrote each other for years and I have saved all her cards & letters. I always though the world would keep on turning as long as Joanna was out there. I will miss her like crazy. My deepest sympathy to her family who she adored.
Betsy WonnerLongwood, FL
I have loved Joanna even though I only met her once, we have corresponded for years. I told her I always felt o.k. as long as she was out there. I miss her like crazy. She was such a giving person and she taught me a lot. I didn't know how much grieving would hurt. When I pray to God, Joanna will always be included.
Betsy WonnerLongwood, FL
We never met Joanna but the newest addition to her family, Erin Lovell Ebanks, is my niece. Her parents, Bill & Pam and her sister, Megan, have spoken repeatedly about Joanna and her wonderful heart and spirit. I wish we could have met her. May she Rest In Peace.
Kathy Lovell Huffman & Tom MutachLewis Center, OH
Thank you so much to everyone for all of your kind thoughts and sharing happy memories with Joanna. We will miss her dearly but we are so grateful that we had her in our lives. Our family is doing ok because we know she is happy, we'll see her again and Heavenly Father will look out for us.
Steve and family
Steve EbanksLongwood, FL
We want to share our love, tears and condolences with you. Our prayers go out to your family. May God bless you with peace and comfort during this difficult time and give you the assurance that families are forever and that you will one day be reunited.
With love, Randy & Ashlea White
Randy and Ashlea WhiteOviedo, FL
Joanna's faith and tenderness will be sorely missed. She personally ministered to my family, in particular my children, in caring, loving, and bestowing an assortment of home remedies and goodies for their betterment. We will miss her greatly but are so grateful for her caring example and wonderful influence in our lives.
Michael E. SpeedAltamonte Springs, FL
Joanna's sweet smile, kindness and friendship will be missed. I always enjoyed her company as we would sit together in Relief Society. She loved her family and always had amazing stories to share.
Susan LezcanoAltamonte Springs, FL
JoAnna, had fun getting to know you.......doing your hair for a couple of years. You really loved your family! Oh, the trail mix recipe is great! You will be remembered. Tony
Tony ForeLive Oak, FL
Joanna became my first friend when my family and I moved to Longwood 11years ago from Kansas. She pulled her vehicle up next to me in the church parking lot to introduce herself and that started a sweet friendship. Joanna was a beautiful, talented, loving woman and I will miss her presence in my life and in my daughter's.
Wanda RitchieAltamonte Sorings, FL
The Lovely and Beautiful Joanna Ebanks will be sorely missed and dearly remembered for her bright, light spirit and goodness. We are so happy to have known you as a neighbor and friend for the past 17 years. You were an inspiration to many who admired you, us included. We were so happy to see your smiling face with some of your family at John's wedding last November. Our hearts go out to Steve, Justin, Adam, Steffi and Jake and all who so loved Joanna. She was and is a Beautiful Soul! with love, Carolyn and Louis
Carolyn and Louis KickhofelLongwood, FL
Dearest Ebanks Family,
I am struggling to find the right words to express my deepest heartfelt condolences. Please know how my heart aches for you all at this time. Joanna was a special woman and I looked to her for her wisdom and beauty in womanhood. Her life emulates a life of faith, love and learning. I hope to live the same way.
I am praying for your family, and I hope the love of God brings the peace and comfort that you seek.
With heavy heart and faith in Christ,
Emily HenrieLake Mary, FL
You and your loved one will be in my thoughts and prayers
Ricardo CuestaNanuet, NY
I was blessed to work with Joanna in the Stake Relief Society for the last brief months of her life. She was a wonderful woman who cared deeply for her sisters in the faith. She will be greatly missed.
Alicia RyanChuluota, FL
So sorry to hear of Joanna's passing. May the Lord bless her family with comfort and peace at this time.
Pamela & Ken McIntyrePembroke Pines, FL
You encouraged me in many ways with health, good foods and your classes. Your bright smile shall not be forgotten.
Nola McGheeAltamonte Springs, FL
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Joanna's family.
I will always remember her kind heart and beautiful countenance. Prayers for peace and comfort in the knowledge of our eternal destination.
Sharon Michael-PerryCumberland, MD
Our words cannot express the sadness that we feel over the loss of Joanna. She was a truly remarkable woman with an incredible spirit and love of life. Joanna was part of our family and she will be remembered in our hearts always.
Bill and Pam LovellOrlando, FL
We love your family. Thanks for being our friends.
Ben, Evangeline, Stephen, and Ryan EnglishLongwood, FL
We have loved being friends with Joanna. She was so passionate about learning and health and preparedness, it inspired us to do more to implement the principles in our lives. That our friends all got water purification drops for Christmas one year is a testament to her positive influence in our lives! She leaves a legacy and example that will be felt for many years to come. our love and kindness to Steve, Justin, Adam, Stephanie and Jacob and the whole Ebanks family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
David & Jennifer PeacockLongwood, FL
My heart is so sad for your family. Joanna was and will remain a huge presence in the life of anyone who met her. I first met her parents Joe and Wegi in the 1980s. They are such strong, wonderful people. Joanna had the best qualities of them both. My daughter, Sandy Johnson, became a very close friend to Joanna over the years and they shared a love that only good friends understand. Thank you Joanna for all you have meant to my family. We will never forget your dedicated work and talent when you made our Lindsey's wedding so extraordinary just last December. We love you!! Rest in heaven! Love and prayers for the family. And, I believe with all my heart that you have already met Ella, your granddaughter.
Linda HumphreyNiota, TN
Carolyn Broom, FL
Chandler broom, FL
Sincere condolences from our family to yours. We will never forget your constant friendship and love...you truly brought that love and joy wherever you went. We will miss that.
Susan & Hank ApfrlLake Mary, FL
Condolences to the family. Sorry to hear of your loss.
Brian & Lisa MurrayApopka, FL
Dear Steve and family,
Don and I want to express our deepest sympathy. Joanna was a special lady. I have fond memories of conversations at the bus stop with Lauren and Jake still in strollers. Later, conversations about college interests for Don and Stephanie. I always noticed her kind spirit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you,
Susan and Don Czech
Susan and Don CzechSanford, FL
When I met Joanna for the first time. I could see that she was not only beautiful but also a wonderful person! You can see her again in the resurrection that Jesus Christ talk about at John 5:28,29.So sorry for your lost.
Christine DavisOcoee, FL
I'm very sorry for your lost. I pray for peace of mind and heart for your family.
J. Lee DavisOcoee, FL
I love you and Jo! I'll always remember who first introduced me to coconut water and how much you loved seeing Josh and I take on Justin and Adam.
- til we meet again
Colby EbanksOrem, UT
I'm grateful to know that families can be together forever. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Brady NixonAmerican fork, UT
We are so very sorry for your loss. We wished there was something we could say or do to ease the pain. Alas, there is nothing. Only the lord can heal such a deep sorrow. God bless you and your children.
Thomas & Judith SessionsOrlando, FL
To the entire Ebanks family. Sister Ebanks was a wonderful person. She was always warm and friendly. My prayers are with your entire family. May God give you strength and peace in knowing this is not the end.
Jeff BarthLas Vegas, NV
Knowing Joanna was one of the greatest Lights Of My Life. I always am grateful to her for being such a shing example to my daughters, especially Courtney. There was never a time that Joanna was not thinking of others first . We treasure your family so much and want you to know Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Derek and Lory LyonLongwood, FL
My deepest condolences to you Steve, your children and the rest of the family.
Ron LohnesBuford, GA
My heart has been broken since I heard the news. What a wonderful lady! The world will not be as bright without her in it.
Becky RogersOrem, UT
There is now another angel watching over us all.
Charles M WhiteLongwood, FL
I can't tell you how I miss you already...
Sandy and carl Johnson, FL