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January 14, 2019
FLOWERS & GIFTS Joan L. Hull, 91, of Rhinebeck and formerly Hyde Park, passed away on November 5, 2018. Born in Brooklyn, New York on August 11, 1927 to Christine and J. Parker Hull, Joan grew up on an apple farm in Clintondale, New York. As a young girl, Joan, attended Westtown School in Westtown, Pennsylvania graduating in 1945. In 1949 Joan earned a degree from Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana and continued her education at Katherine Gibbs School, New York, New York, graduating in 1951. Afterwards, Joan moved to Hyde Park, New York with her parents and began working at Western Publishing Company, Poughkeepsie, New York in 1952. While at Western Publishing she was employed as an executive secretary until her retirement in 1982. Joan continued her career as an administrative assistant in the art department at Vassar College until 1992 after which she retired and took up residence in Rhinebeck, New York. Joan always said her years working with the art faculty at Vassar were her greatest joy and best memories. After retirement, Joan developed a passion for genealogy and spent countless hours searching historical records, compiling information from grave site tombstones, and documenting cultural and historic data from Friends’ Cemeteries. Additionally, Joan was a golfer and enjoyed her membership at Dutchess Golf Club in Poughkeepsie. Joan touched many people. She was a loyal friend to many and a devoted daughter who took great care of her parents until their passing. She loved a good laugh and enjoyed sipping an occasional Canadian Club with friends. Her laugh and sense of humor will be remembered, always. Her later years were spent quietly at the Baptist Home at Brookmeade in Rhinebeck, New York where she died peacefully. Joan is survived by many dear friends. There are no calling hours.