Joanna Lynn Stallard-Peard
Joanna Lynn Stallard-Peard’s soul continued on its journey, April 1, 2019, departing from Queens Medical Center in Honolulu at 8:46pm.
Joanna is from Honolulu, Oahu and a part of the ‘Makekau Ohana’.
Her soul was born into this lifetime on February 22, 1957, in Anchorage, Alaska; to her parents Rachel Melekahiwa Makekau Stallard and Joel Ewa Stallard.
Her spirit is carried on by daughter, Dionne Hokuao Stallard Sesepasara; granddaughter, Joanna Melekahiwa Makekau Stallard, grandson Kristoff Kalani Peard, sons, Joel Palani Peard and Saya Baker; mother, Rachel Melekahiwa Stallard; brother, Robert Stallard; Sisters, Lori Baker and Tina DuVoisin; numerous nieces and nephews. And extended family and friends from every walk of life.
Joanna adored animals; especially cats. She loved to eat out at restaurants and any time new restaurant opened she would have to test its merit. Her hobbies included going out to movies or staying home and watching “Special Victims Unit” and “Judge Judy”. However, she would stop what she enjoyed, if someone needed her help.
Joanna’s personality towards others, is one of dedication and laughter. She had a passion for helping others. She would stand by your side through the hardest times and never waiver, “strong”, yet, she was empathic and soft hearted. When she spoke she was direct and to the point. She had mastered the ability to be clam while discussing difficult and emotional problems. Joanna’s indomitable spirit encouraged her family and friends to persist in the face of many struggles.
She was a woman who created a feeling of ease in your soul, a woman who took the burdens from you; shared them; and made the stress much less as a result. A person like this by your side is priceless and mere words cannot convey the serenity her presence brought.
To obtain such a determined and compassionate personality was rough. The beginnings of her life were etched in several types of abuse, as a result, she endured a great amount of internal pain that haunted her for years.
She felt she wasn’t able to express her pain and when she tried she wasn’t believed. As a result, the abuser and the persons she confided in; created a negative persona of her; to others. She decided it was time to go on her own. Unfortunately, this meant she would have to separate from her beloved siblings: Robert Stallard, Lori Baker, Mike Stallard, Tina Stallard, and James Stallard.
Over the years, she got into relationships that turned abusive. She left each one of them and brought 3 children into the world. She had her first child, Dionne Hoku’ao Stallard Sesepasara at age 20. Then her second child, Joel Palani Peard at age 24. Then her third child, Saya Baker.
Both her sons were adopted and the first child (Dionne) remained by her side.
As the years passed by, Joanna grew strong internally and she was able slowly heal from the pain of her past. For the most part of her life, Joanna remained with her daughter and they experienced life together.
Soon, Joanna’s granddaughter was born; Dionne named her Joanna Melekahiwa Makekau Stallard. She was Joanna’s pride and joy. Joanna’s face lit up each time she held her granddaughter and she took great pride in teaching her granddaughter things about life; from dedication to projects, to training herself to wake up early and prepare for her day and so much more.
As her granddaughter grew, they would share new adventures together. As the pre-teen’s years kicked in, the adventures changed to subjects to debate about. From an outsider looking in, their relationship seemed to be two people walking around having a casual argument; but make no mistake, in the event her granddaughter had an issue with someone, Joanna would be the person she’d call. Her son Joel also gave her a grandson, his name is Kristoff, but, unfortunately, they never got a chance to meet; but she loved him with all her heart.
Later, Joanna and her daughter decided to go to college together. In doing so, Joanna found passions in subjects she never knew existed. She wanted to help others who experienced pain similar to her own past. Specifically, she wanted to help other woman out of their darkest of times and so, she aimed for social worker degree. Through experiencing different subjects, she found new passions and interests; learning became an adventure for her; one that she took great pride in.
Joanna was shocked that nearly all her exams were at; or very close too 100%. Occasionally, she wondered how different her life would have been if she entered college directly after graduation from Kailua High School in 1975. Regardless she remained content and proud that she was pursuing it now.
In her younger years, Joanna’s body took on many damaging situations and they began to take form and affect her health later in life. From her kidney, to her liver, to her thyroid and then to her lungs. Once one was treated another would arise. Yet, she never gave up and she continued to battle them relentlessly, even though the battle never seemed to end.
A COPD diagnosis came in 2014 and the battle to conquer this uncurbable disease began. In the last years of Joanna’s life, the Dr.’s gave her the medication prednisone for COPD, that affected her arteries and caused cholesterol plaque to build within them.
This last diagnosis caused her to want to reconnect with her siblings that still remained, and after all the years that had passed she decided to do just that; she relocated to the Puna, Big Island. She was able to spend about 8 months with them.
Despite all she tried, her health continued to degenerate. Innately she knew her time in this life was getting short. She spoke often to her daughter and other family members about her soul continuing on and began to make plans for that day.
One unfortunate night March 28th, 2019, the cholesterol build-up shifts in her aorta and causes an internal tear and she collapsed. Rushed to the hospital and flown to another ended in 100% loss of oxygen to her brain and results in Joanna losing the last fight with her health.
Joanna’s was taken off life support and her soul passed on to its next destination April 1st, 2019 at 8:46pm. Her soul took the lessons learned in this life, including her drive that never gives up and passion to continue the fight no matter what.
Joanna’s soul rejoined the loved ones who have continued before her. All the people that knew her, will mourn the loss of her presence here on earth. However, a connection to her soul has been made between her daughter, granddaughter and several other family members. Signs of her soul contacting them occurs often and the family strongly believes her soul is not dead, rather it has continued on its journey.
A full Hawaiian ash scattering ceremony will be held May 27, 2019; beginning promptly at 7am at Kailua Beach Park; (on the shore of the beach, adjacent to the canoes). Donations can be sent to: https://www.gofundme.com/celebration-of-the-life-of-joanna-stallard-peard
Do not stand at any grave for me and weep, I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am on the wings of a thousand birds that soar, I am also in your memories and so much more.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss. Ah, yes, these things too, I will miss.
However, I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work, to play.
I give all of you my love and you can only guess, how much all of you gave me happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown; but it is time for me to travel alone.
So grieve awhile for me, if grieve you must; then let your grief be comforted by trust.
For it is only for a while that we must part; so keep our memories within your heart.
Through you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near; and if you listen with your heart, you’ll hear my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone, Ill greet you with a smile and say, ‘Welcome Home’.
And never, never be afraid to physically die, for I am waiting for you in the sky.
So, don’t stand at any grave and cry, I am not there, my soul did not die.