Joan Lina Pauls Wilmer was born to loving parents, the late Thomas Henry Pauls and Julia Green Pauls on January 17, 1949, in Easton, MD. She passed away peacefully at Arcadia Assisted Living in Chester, MD on October 21, 2022. She was 73 years old.\nJoan received her early education through the Queen Anne’s County public school system during segregation. Segregation ended in Queen Anne’s County in 1967. Joan was a part of the first integrated graduation class of Queen Anne’s County High School - Class of 1967. Joan attended Bowie State College, now Bowie State University where she studied early childhood education. \nIn the spring of 1970, Joan was initiated into the 2nd membership intake of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc – Eta Chapter at Bowie State College. She is also a charter member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc – Kappa Theta Omega Chapter in Easton, MD where she served as the chapter president from 1992-1993 and chapter treasurer from 2004-2009. She is a Golden Soror (50+ years of service) and Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.\nJoan began her career as a 2nd grade school teacher at Stevensville Elementary School. After relocating to Delaware and realizing that requirements to teach had changed, she decided to change her profession completely. She began working as a case worker for the Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services in 1975. Everyone knew if they needed help navigating any of the social service processes, they could call Joan. If she couldn’t help them directly, she always pointed them in the right direction. Joan retired as a supervisor from Queen Anne’s County Department of Social Services in 2010 after 35 years of service. During her career, Joan was selected as an Outstanding Young Woman in America and named in Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals.\nJoan received God’s early call on her life at Union Wesley United Methodist Church, now New United Methodist Church. She served as church treasurer for 22 years from 1980-2002. Joan was an active member of adult Sunday school. Her favorite scripture was Psalm 46:1. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women and she served as an usher until her health declined. \nJoan always had a smile on her face until something upset her. She had no problem telling it like it was whether you wanted to hear it or not. She knew when she had to be gentle with her delivery and when she had to be stern. She loved helping and serving the people in her community. Her life experiences allowed her to touch many people that her opinion mattered to them. Often, people would reach out to Joan for advice and guidance. Not only would people reach out for Joan’s opinion, but they would also inquire about when she was making sweet potato/white potato pies. Joan had a gift when it came to those pies. Everyone wanted one and she didn’t mind spending hours in the kitchen perfecting her recipe. Joan loved spending time with her family and friends, watching television, and listening to music.\nJoan was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Julia Pauls; and her husband, Earl Wilmer, Sr. She leaves to cherish her memories, two loving and devoted children: her daughter Shani Taylor and son Clarence (Sonny) Pritchett, IV (Barbara). Five stepchildren, Valerie Hicks, Victoria Lanman, Renee Wilmer, Tama Wilmer, and Earl Wilmer, Jr. Six grandchildren who she adored, Jalen Pritchett, Ahmad Taylor, Autumn Taylor, Ashlee Taylor, Cortez Pritchett, and Charles Church, Jr. Her devoted sister, Vernetta Pauls-Sherman. Her only niece Kara Sherman-Carter and great nephew Jayden Carter. A very special aunt, Vernetta Murray. Three godchildren, Bianca Pulley, Spencer Wilder, III, and Malaysia Duckery. The Kingstown family which comprised of Price Road and Lee Road. Longtime friends and confidants, Theresa Williams, Paulette Jones, and Marsha Wilder. Her Sorority Sisters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Kappa Theta Omega Chapter. And a host of very special cousins, classmates, and friends.\nJoan had loving and supportive caregivers at Arcadia Assisted Living, Cater to You Assisted Living, and the Queen Anne’s County Hospice.\nJoan will be deeply missed but her memories will live on through her family and friends.