Joann and Don Deaton shared their holiday dinner with six teachers. Joann was my "sponsor" and mentor my first year in Japan: she helped me tremendously. She assisted in finding off-base housing and a car, she helped me learn military protocol and lingo, she dried many, many tears. She was a real blessing to me because I would not have made it through that first year without her.
Joann's husband was an Air Force Major, and she was a high school teacher. Joann and Don had two young children: Donna Rae and Bill.
Those enjoying the Thanksgiving meal were: Joann Deaton (at the foot of the table), Nancy Vandenberg, Donna Rae Deaton, Peggy Vaughn, Don and Bill Deaton, Nancy Stearns, Roy Sargent, and Marie Fricchonne. John Hedberg (Nancy Vandenberg's husband who was pictured in yesterday's post) took the group photo.