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Joan Batterson-Gilman

Posted By Hall-Wynne On August 10, 2016 @ 6:09 pm In Obituaries,Oxford | 6 Comments

Oxford, NC

Joan Batterson-Gilman, 65, of Oxford died on August 8, 2016 at Universal Health Care. Joan was born in Ithaca, NY to her parents, the late Richard B. Batterson and Charlotte M. (Brizzee). Her love for dance is what inspired her to become a dance instructor which she served as for many years and enjoyed her time with her students. She is survived by her sisters; Susan Batterson of FL, Shireen Batterson of CO and Daphne Batterson Forsyth of VA. One sister-in-law, Alice Flood of NC and Joan’s husband Norman Gilman also of NC. She was preceded in death by her brother, James Flood. The family will have a private memorial service at a later date in Connecticut. Memorial Tributes can be left at www.hallwynne.com website. Gentry-Newell & Vaughan Funeral Home is serving the Batterson-Gilman family. 503 College St. Oxford, NC 27565.

Condolences for the family of “Joan Batterson-Gilman”

Condolence from Valerie Onofrio on August 14th, 2016 11:57 am

So sorry for your loss, peace and comfort to all. Joan RIP, you were such an inspiration to me and my daughter. Will always remember Poet’s Feet and the great memories we all shared.

Condolence from Pamela Bickmore Hughes on August 14th, 2016 3:34 pm

Joan was a dear friend and colleague during the years that we worked together at The Master’s School. I always appreciated her artistic gifts, and her creative, insightful spirit. She was a sister in the arts, and a sister in Christ, as well. I look forward to being reunited with her someday, at the feet of the Savior whom we both love.

Condolence from Naomi Lemire on August 15th, 2016 2:51 pm

The earliest memories I have of being in dance class are centered around Miss Joan. Not only did she help shape me into a ballet dancer, she also introduced me to the wonderful world of modern. Without her gentle guidance and belief in me, I would never be the dancer, dance teacher, or choreographer I am today. She showed me that dance is firstly, an art form. It is a way to tell a story that will impact the audience, a means to evoke emotion from all who watch. Every step, every idea, every movement should have meaning and intention. She also taught me the importance of spontaneity in dance and my love of improvisation was first developed in her classes. Miss Joan was not just a dance teacher to me, she was my first real mentor. I have kept every letter, every note, every word of encouragement that she gave me before my performances. Now that I am a dance teacher, I know the importance of facilitating trust and belief in my students because of how dedicated she was in making sure I knew I was loved, appreciated, and important to her vision of what dance could and should be. Looking back, I am honored to have been a company member of Poet’s Feet, a company I know was a dream of Joan’s for a long time. When someone passes away, there’s a lot of talk about legacy, or, the impact someone leaves on the world. Joan’s legacy is her artistic vision, her choreographic genius, her gentle spirit, her love for God, and the care and devotion she had towards her students. I will cherish and remember the moments I had with her during my formative years. I am so, so, so blessed to have been a student of Joan’s. It brings me a tremendous amount of peace to know that she is in a better place, free of pain, watching (or rather, dancing) from above. Joan, I love and miss you immensely- no amount of time will erase your mark on this world.

Condolence from Sue on September 15th, 2016 6:07 pm

Naomi…I so hope Joan knew how beautiful she truly was. Thank you so much for these inspiring, thoughtful, and living memories
Sue Batterson (her baby sister)

Condolence from John Sundet on August 22nd, 2016 9:03 am

I am deeply sorry to hear of Joan’s death and offer sympathy.

As part of her community when she taught dance at the Master’s School in Connecticut, I benefitted from her friendship, talents, heartfelt insight, and Christian fellowship.

She loved dance and teaching it. In her years at Master’s she instructed and mentored many who were at especially formative moments in life. She was patient and kind, observant and sensitive. She brought her life experience to bear in her art with passion and earnestness, and helped others to the same. She helped them bring forth expression and grasp meaning in their labor and discipline.

She thought hard about the body and bodily movement–as extraordinary gifts of God generally, and as vehicles of artistic expression in His praise. She was an advocate for the place of dance in a Christian understanding of the arts, and in the life of faith among the people of God, Christ’s Church.

Requiem in pace, Joan; we await the Resurrection.

Condolence from gail mirza on October 16th, 2016 1:05 pm

A Story of Joan~

Many years ago, when I was the mother of three young children and was also a full time teacher with many responsibilities, Joan and I struck up a friendship that grew out of our mutual love of the creative arts. Our busy lives kept us from getting together often, but when we did, it was upbeat and memorable.

One Saturday afternoon I heard the doorbell ring and when I opened it, there stood Joan, a bandana covering the lower part of her face, a cowboy hat on her head, and a water pistol in her hand. “I’m here on a kidnapping mission!” she exclaimed. She gave me five minutes to get ready before whisking me off (by prearrangement with my husband /child care provider) to an afternoon of fun and adventure.

We went for a long, autumnal drive through eastern Connecticut, stopped for seasonal snacks and cider, browsed various antique and consignment stores, and capped our day with a visit to a shoreline doll store and museum–Joan was a well-informed collector. She packed so much fun into that one afternoon!

In remembering Joan to myself and to others, I will look back on this day as emblematic of all the best that she could be: generous, spontaneous, thoughtful, imaginative, spirited, madcap and unquestionably supportive.

Joan, may your soul be dancing free and happy~

Gail Mirza

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