January 5, 1932 - March 5, 2017
Wilmington, Delaware | Age 85
Joanne Perrin Culbertson passed away at age 85 in Wilmington, Delaware on March 5, 2017 after a tough battle with pancreatic cancer. A California-girl at heart, JoAnne recently relocated to the East Coast for health reasons.
JoAnne Perrin was born in Robertsdale, Alabama on January 5, 1932, on her grandfather's farm. Two years later, her family moved back to Southern California and settled in Bell, a suburb of Los Angeles. JoAnne graduated from high school in Tujunga, California where she met her future husband. In 1952, she graduated from the University of California – Santa Barbara and become a Home Economics teacher. She taught full-time for two years and continued with some short-term substitute teaching and adult education programs in sewing and microwave cooking. Thermador/WasteKing employed JoAnne part-time in the product test kitchen and consumer relations department.
In 1954, JoAnne married James F. Culbertson, the day after he graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. This was the beginning of a 30-year career of service with duty assignments that moved the family every three or four years and included postings in Monterrey, CA; Cape May, NJ; Washington, DC; New Orleans, LA; and Long Beach, CA.
When Jim retired from the Coast Guard in 1984, the couple stayed in Westminster, CA unit the area became too congested. In 1996, they found Lompoc, CA to be a beautiful area with affordable golf and settled there.
In Lompoc, JoAnne devoted nearly twenty years to the La Purisima Mission as a docent, where she was a key player in the creation of the current visitor center. She earned the California State Parks "Superior Achievement Award" for volunteerism, in 2009. She leaves behind many friends in Lompoc including her fellow P.E.O. Sisterhood members.
Joanne traveled the world and instilled a love of travel in her family. She and Jim made several trips across the U. S. to attend reunions and the Coast Guard Academy and to visit their children and grandchildren. Together, they visited England, Norway, Denmark and Alaska. JoAnne continued traveling with groups after Jim's passing and visited Australia, New Zealand, Italy, China and several Western U. S. National Parks.
She is survived by her loving sons Gregory (Debra) Culbertson of Elkton, MD and Glenn (Marianne) Culbertson of Mason, OH and her grandchildren: Chris Shough, Bryan Shough Tim Culbertson, Shannon Thompson, Dan Culbertson and Molly Benson. In addition, JoAnne is survived by six great-grandchildren. JoAnne is also survived by her brothers Phil and Steve Perrin. JoAnne was preceded in death by her husband Jim, her sister Lois Perrin, and her parents Herb and Rowena Perrin.
JoAnne requested that she be interred with Jim at Arlington National Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be directed to Heartland Hospice in Wilmington Delaware. https://heartlandhospicefund.org/