On April 17, 2017, Joan Moore (du Pont) Rolph graduated this life in her home in Ashland, OR, surrounded by loved ones. A resident of Ashland, “Joanie” was born on June 27, 1960, at the Columbia Hospital for Women. She lived in Bend and Ashland, Oregon for the last eight years. Joanie graduated from Foxcroft School in Middleburg, VA, the University of Montana in Missoula and earned a Master’s in Education at the University of Virginia.

An active and athletic person, Joanie excelled at activities in the outdoors such as horseback riding and landscaping. She led a very adventurous life, cycling across the US in 1983 with her 15-year-old brother. She also spent five months cycling around Europe, meeting up with various people in various places. Never one to back away from a challenge, Joanie opted for a 23-day Outward Bound program in the mountains of North Carolina in the summer of 1988.

Once she finished her Master’s, Joanie opened a riding school for children called The Pony Academy in Charlottesville Virginia, a very successful venture, and today there are many adults who got their start with her on a variety of ponies. As an accomplished rider and talented educator, this was a natural fit. It was during this time that Joanie met John Rolph, the father of her two beloved sons, Chris and Mason. Because John was in the Navy at the time, Mason and Chris spent their first couple of years in Spain. After returning to the US, Joanie and John went their separate ways but remained in close communication as parenting partners.

In 2009, Joanie moved to Oregon to be closer to her spiritual community. She traveled with her church to Brazil each year to special ceremonies centered around the medicine Santo Daime. She contributed her health and strong spirit to her work in this community and with this medicine.

Her most recent adventure was last summer when she cycled the Great Divide Mountain Bike Ride, starting in Canada and finishing at the Mexican border. A team of riders from around the world joined her in a thrilling and testing adventure for 2,800 miles, building a close kinship that lives on in each member.

Joanie was preceded in death by her father Victor M duPont, and her brother Philip E. duPont. She is survived by her sons Christopher Galen and Mason William Rolph. She is also survived by her mother Joan Turner Moore, sisters Westley, Davida, and Marie, and brothers Victor, Samuel and Turner and an auth Marie Louise Moor.

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  1. When I was Brand new to the area, I met Joanie and asked her, “I am new to riding, how well do I need to ride to hint?” To which she said, “oh honey, you don’t have to know how to ride to hunt”:)

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