Joann (Johnson) Paden

Paden, Joann (Johnson) Age 89, of Edina, MN passed away April 30, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband Thomas Ross Paden III and her parents Maurice H. Johnson and Lucille Harrington Johnson. She is survived by her son Tom Paden, her daughter Carolyn Paden, her brother Leigh Johnson, sisters-in-law Jeanne Reinhart and Kathy Paden, and many nieces and nephews. Joann graduated from Wabasha High School, Wabasha, MN in 1951, then received a B.A. in Music from Macalester College, St. Paul, MN in 1955. While Joann was a student at Macalester, the Elks named her the top female student in the state of Minnesota. She then received an M.A. in Music Education from Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City in 1957. Joann met Ross Paden at Macalester College; they married in 1958 in Wabasha, MN. She taught music for many years for Minneapolis Public Schools on the program "This is Music" presented on Minnesota Educational TV station KTCA-TV. Joann held many leadership positions in the American Association of University Women including Minneapolis Branch President, Minnesota State Division President and national positions. Joann was also elected to the Board of Trustees of Westminster Presbyterian Church, Minneapolis, serving two terms. Joann was a gifted pianist much appreciated for her talent and creativity. She enjoyed singing in choirs, and reading books, especially mysteries. Joann and Ross traveled throughout the U.S. and to many countries. She loved reminiscing about her days growing up in Wabasha along the Mississippi River. Tom and Carolyn loved their mother and will miss her every day. She will rest in peace in Riverview Cemetery in Wabasha.