Joan Younger Barriffe, a retired Canton City School teacher, passed away on Tuesday, February 6, at the age of 81.
Born in Canton, Joan attended St. Mary's elementary school and Canton Central Catholic, where she played in the marching band. After earning her degree in elementary education from Kent State University, she began working in the Canton City Schools. Over the course of four decades, she taught at Dennis R. Smith, Belle Stone, Mason, Harter, and other schools in the district.
Early in her career, Joan gravitated toward the Canton High Ability Program (CHAP), a curriculum for the gifted and talented. She became a passionate advocate for the program and devoted most of her career to serving these students, whom she believed faced special challenges as learners and presented special opportunities for teachers. Joan fervently believed that teaching was a way to touch the future, and she took her greatest satisfaction in seeing her students succeed not only in their careers, but also in their personal lives.
Joan was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the international society for leading women educators. She enjoyed competitive trivia and music, particularly classic Broadway musicals. A lifelong animal lover, Joan held a special place in heart for her pet poodles, Shaka Zulu and Zulu Too.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 38 years, Willard Barriffe, a longtime swimming instructor at the CYC and Perry High School; and her two brothers, Jan Younger (and his wife, Judy) of Defiance, Ohio, and Joseph D. Younger (and his wife, Inge) of Hudson, Ohio.
A funeral Mass will be held at St. Michael's Catholic Church (3430 St. Michaels Blvd., N.W., Canton) at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, with Rev. Fr Don King officiating.
The family invites you to visit www.reedfuneralhome.com to read the obituary, sign the online guestbook and share fond memories.