Joann Asel - 1963
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Biography of Joann Asel Rea, March 9, 2011
family moved to Columbia from Kansas City when I was 15 years old and a
sophomore in high school. However, I had spent many, if not all,
summers with my maternal grandparents who lived on Westmount Ave. in the
house where my mother had grown up.
After high school, I went to the University of Missouri where I graduated in 1967 with a degree in elementary education. Also in 1967 John Rea and I got married in the Episcopal Church on 9th St. in Columbia. We had met on a blind date arranged by my mother and his aunt, Betty Proctor, when we were 16 years old so we have now known each other for 51 years. Yikes!
From there it was on to Madison, Wisconsin where I taught 4th
Grade and John went to graduate school in economics. After Madison we
lived in some very dissimilar parts of the country: Kansas City for
three years; Stillwater, Oklahoma for 13 years; and Potomac, Maryland
for 22 years. The past three years have found us spending our golden
years ???????!!!!!!!!!!!! in Chicago, IL. And why Chicago? We have one
daughter who lives here with her family, our son is in Los Angeles, and
our other daughter and her children live in the Netherlands. So that
puts us in the middle between LA and Amsterdam and we can get direct
flights to both. We are also closer to all of our relatives in Missouri
and we can and do leave Chicago for part of each winter. Chicago is a
fun and dynamic city and we are delighted to be back in the great
We have three children: Jennifer, born in
1970 in Madison, WI; Anne, born in 1974 in Kansas City, MO; and David,
born in 1978 in Stillwater, OK. To date, we have been blessed with four
grandchildren, three boys and one girl, with Ryan the oldest being 8
In looking over the 20 questions that Charley prepared, there probably weren't many accomplishments at Hickman High School other than making some great friends. I didn't make much effort at studying until my senior year so honoraries didn't happen until the last semester of my senior year which didn't even make the CRESSET! I consider our three wonderful children the major accomplishment of my life. However, I am also proud of what I have accomplished career-wise. For the past 35 years I have worked very hard at both painting and selling my original artwork, not an easy task. For more information, visit www.joannrea.com (You can click on each photo to enlarge the image and get more specific information about each painting.) I am still working and have a wonderful studio a mile away from where we live that I share with three sculptors. Retirement is not in my future as long as I can see and walk and talk.
Life has been good. John and I have been incredibly blessed.
I look forward to the 50th reunion.
Back row left to right: son-in-law Mike, daughter Anne, son David, daughter Jennifer
Grandchildren: Left to right: Sam, Ryan, Katy, Charlie
More grandchildren! Probably gets boring! Left to right: Charlie, Katy, Ryan, Sam
Our three children: Rare to get our three together as they live so far apart. This is an old photo but I like it.
Left to right: Anne with Ryan on her lap, Jennifer with Katy on her lap, and David.
Rea - 2003-09-24
I hope you have a wonderful reunion and I wish I could have made it. Hope to be there in ten years.