June 14, 1955 - December 10, 2020
Joni Bird Ellen House of Marietta, beloved first-born of Martha (House) Kruse and the late James Herman House, Jr., went to be with Jesus on December 10. In addition to her mother, Joni leaves behind a passel of devoted family and friends, including her stepdad, Orville Kruse, her sisters and brothers-in-law Jamie and Dale Georgia and Julie and Rebo Barnes, her love, Alan Toney, her nephews and their wives, Harris and Tiffany Georgia and Will and Lauren Georgia and four great nieces, each of whom will miss “AJ” so much. Joni was born in Gadsden, Alabama but moved with her parents to East Point, Georgia when she was a year old. She attended Harris Street Elementary School and Woodward Academy. She received her BA in Modern Studies from the University of Virginia, where she studied as an Echols Scholar and landed a prestigious residence “on the Lawn” her senior year due to academic standing. She earned an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University. In recent years, Joni began pursuing a degree in archaeology from the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland. Archaeology was one of her passions; it was her unfulfilled goal to participate in an archaeological dig at the Ness of Brodgar in Orkney. She was always concerned with the environment at home and on the Georgia coast. She worked tirelessly with the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Altamaha Riverkeeper and was instrumental in the campaign to save Hyde Farm. She also enjoyed many happy years on St. Simon’s Island, Georgia. Joni’s career began at Delta Air Lines; from there, she started her own consulting business, ultimately landing at Alexander Proudfoot as an Executive Vice President. She was always so determined to get out of life what she wanted, both professionally and personally. Joni consistently made ambitious plans and achieved her goals. With an immense love for her family and to those closest, Joni will always be remembered for her fiery spirit and sense of playfulness that never lapsed, even in her last days. That love for family was often exhibited in creating everlasting, fun memories, including the world famous Madam le Peau. Joni had this grand ability to pair her wit with her knowledge; both were sweeping. Outrageously generous to a fault, she was also a force of nature. Joni made things happen, yet underneath it all she was a bit fragile. She and her loving mother always attended St. Luke’s Messiah sing-a-long. This Christmas, Joni will be singing along with the angel choir (hopefully on the soprano side). The world is a much better place because of Joni…who loved life BIG, loved her family even BIGGER and was the most fabulous, “sometimes" very opinionated sister a girl could dream of. Joni lead her life with fun, adventure and generosity. She was always looking for her next experience. She will be sorely missed but always remembered! We are deeply grateful to Dr. Emilio Lacayo, Dr. Kristie Blum, Dr. Eric Minninberg, Amy York, PA and the staff at the Piedmont Cancer Center and at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory, all of whom provided incredible care to Joni and to our family over the years. We would also like to thank the team at Weinstein Hospice for their care and compassion. The family will hold a private service at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church. In quintessential Joni style, as soon as we are able to gather large crowds without masks, we will honor her wish to have a going away party that includes “a feast to be served that is not as spartan as The Lord's Supper, but a real spread that would make Caligula look like a miser…with dancing, laughter and remembrance of the good – and challenging – times.” We look forward to that day and seeing her friends and extended family there. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Chattahoochee Riverkeepers.
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