Joan Carol Redman loved her church, community and square dancing.
Babe Higdon and Joan Carol Redman were friends for 30 years. The two had the kind of relationship that made them talk on the telephone every day, maybe even twice a day.
“She was my sidekick. She was there for everything that happened to me.
“She was there when I had cancer,” Higdon says. “She was there when my husband died and for everything else imaginable.”
“She’s my angel,” says Higdon of Redman, who was born in August 1938 and died Feb. 10.
Redman and her family moved to Charleston in 1973 when the Boston Naval Shipyard, where husband Edward worked, closed.
She first worked in the administrative department at the Charleston Naval Shipyard. Later, Redman was part of the shipyard closure team.
For Redman, helping out wherever she could was as natural as breathing, Higdon says.
“She would go out of her way to help anyone in need,” Higdon says. “She was a giver. She was a very devout Catholic.”
Redman was a constant presence in the life of St. John the Beloved Catholic Church in Summerville.
“She was a lector, a Mass coordinator, Eucharistic minister and served on the bereavement committee,” says her husband. “She liked to read the word of God to people at Mass. She made sure they (the parish) had all of the people needed to celebrate the Masses. She gave Communion. And she helped to organize the meals served after funerals.”
Redman was a very positive person and sensitive about how people felt, says her husband. She was an excellent motivator for getting someone to do good works, and she was a prayerful person.
Not only did she serve at church but to the elderly in the community, as well, says Edward Redman, who works at the Summerville YMCA.
During the past 10 years, his wife accompanied him to assist seniors who no longer could exercise as easily as they once did.
“We did Sit and Fit for people in wheelchairs at independent living facilities, St. John the Beloved and Crestview Mobile Homes,” Edward Redman says.
Not too many years ago, he says, it was not unusual for them to square dance five or six nights a week for about three hours.
“We kind of overkilled it a bit,” he says.
The two belonged to the Stallsville Strutters club.
The Redmans were introduced to square dancing at a Stallsville United Methodist Church event.
She loved traveling to annual dances held in Gatlinburg, Tenn., with her husband and Jerry and Babe Higdon, the latter says.
She was very much into the costumes, most of which she made herself.
Black and red or purple with sequins was what she liked most recently.
“I have more material in my house than most stores,” Edward Redman says.
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