JoAnne Cruse Kameh
FRANKLIN - JoAnne Cruse Kameh could not put down her pen. She wrote stories, wedding vows, eulogies, and most of all, poetry. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, but raised largely in the North Carolina mountains from Rainbow Springs, Prentiss and Franklin, which she says “lies within a valley of jewels that lends itself to folklore and family history with secrets and mystery. These remain as steadfast as the mountains from whence they came.”
Inspired by her great Aunt Doc Waldroop and Robert Frost, she wrote about simple things around her. She declared that “People with a simple education could understand my work. I came from a family of storytellers.”
She resided in West Springfield, Virginia; married to the late Esfandiar Kameh; a son, Ron E. Kameh; a daughter, Suzanne Kameh Craig; brothers; the late Jack Cruse, Floyd Cruse, the late Walker Cruse and Duane Cruse; sisters, Ruth Cruse Medlin, Shirley Cruse Cole and Doris Cruse Hunter.
Upon her death at age 81 on Aug. 3, 2018, she left her body to the Anatomy Gift Registry. Her ashes will blend with the earth between the graves of her parents, Fred Edmond Cruse and Effie Jewell Langston Cruse at Maidens Chapel located in a high valley in Macon County.
In lieu of flowers, send any donations to Maidens Chapel for the care of the graves. She was our beloved “lost poet.”