Joanne Elaine Sharkey-Luna
Joanne Elaine Sharkey-Luna was born at Hollywood, California, in 1957, to Paul and Shirley Sharkey.
She was raised and attended schools in Pasadena, CA. Her siblings are Paul W Sharkey and Leslie Jean Blodgett.
She met and married Arthur Luna, they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in 2017 and they remained soul-mates until the end. She went to Heaven on July 10, 2018.
After a few roller coaster rides she found a path of redemption and earned an RN degree from Pasadena City College. Later, she received her BSN, in 2005, from Boise State University. Joanne was not just a nurse, she was a GREAT nurse, full of love and passion for her profession and her patients. Many of us are left with a sense of wonder and admiration for this strong woman we knew as friend, wife, sister, cousin, daughter, aunt, co-worker.
Joanne was quirky, we will not forget the quirky humor that she expressed among friends. Joanne was loyal, and if you would know her as 'friend', then you knew that you had a friend for life. She was a few different personalities all rolled into one. Love/Hate. Joy/Sorrow.
Up/Down. Serious/Crazy. Compassionate/Hard-Nosed. At times, it could be difficult to keep up with her. (At times, it would be difficult for her to keep up with herself!)
Joanne was crazy about cats. As a volunteer for Simply Cats she loved to hold and love kittens and cats. She knew them by name and would often try to pair them up with likely "forever homes". As her health declined she decided to create her own mission that was to send adopted cats to their new homes with their own unique, personally made fleece blanket. She made blankets. Many blankets. By hand. Hundreds of blankets. Every one a different color, a different pattern for each different cat, until her health would not let her any longer.
Joanne was loved. Joanne never knew how much she was loved, even though we told her all the time. We all knew that Joanne was worthy of our love and so we loved her. Thank-you for being our friend, wife, sister, cousin, daughter, aunt, co-worker. You will be missed.
Thanks to all the staff and caregivers at First Choice Home Health and Hospice. They helped to make these last difficult months a Blessing for her family and friends.
Thanks also to all the caregivers and staff at St Alphonsus Medical Center and Cancer Care Center, Boise.
Thank-you to all that shared this journey with us, your Love and prayers and compassion are like Heaven on Earth.