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Joan L. Osborne

October 12, 1935 ~ November 9, 2020 (age 85)


Joan L. Osborne of Bowie, MD passed away on Monday, November 9, 2020 at the age of 85.  She was preceded by her husband Robert L. Osborne; mother Dorothy Earle; father Donald Earle and brother Donald Earle Jr.  Surviving family members include daughters Vernita Reveron of North Carolina, Valery Spriggs (James Jr.), Cheri Osborne, Robin Osborne, Carla Marshall of Maryland, brother-in-law Frederick Osborne (Judy) of Georgia, sisters-in-law Carol Suber of Connecticut, Adele Earle of Arizona, 8 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was born and raised in New Haven, CT where was a member of St. Luke’s Church and the Girls Friendly Society – The Golden Years 1948-1998.  She graduated from Hamden High School in 1952 and went to work for Southern New England Telephone Company (SNET).  In 1955 she married Robert L. Osborne on Christmas Eve and became a mother and homemaker while he served in the military.  In 1968 she received her cosmetology license while living in Georgia and worked in a local beauty shop.  After her husband retired in 1977 in Lanham, MD she worked at Sears then First American Bank until she retired in 1991.  They moved to Laurel, MD in 2000 and after his death in 2018, she moved to Bowie, MD.

She enjoyed sewing, cooking, working with ceramics and traveling. She was also very active in her grandchildren’s lives - babysitting, attending grandparent’s day, graduations and other events.  She was a long time member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Beltsville, MD. 

Services will be held at Donaldson Funeral Home chapel 313 Talbott Avenue, Laurel, MD 20707 on Thursday, November 19.  Viewing will be from 10 to 11 a.m. with service immediately after.  Service can also be viewed by clicking HERE. Burial will be at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery.    Due to COVID, attendance at the cemetery will be limited.


In lieu of flowers, family and friends are asked to make a monetary offering to St. John’s Episcopal Church.  The money collected will be used to support Haiti Micah Project, St. John’s international ministry.  Please make checks payable to:


St. John’s Episcopal Church

11040 Baltimore Avenue, Beltsville, MD 20705

In the memo section of the check, please write:  In memory of Joan Osborne

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 Service Program


November 19, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Chapel at Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A.
313 Talbott Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707

Funeral Service
November 19, 2020

11:00 AM
Chapel at Donaldson Funeral Home, P.A.
313 Talbott Avenue
Laurel, MD 20707

A graveside service will follow the funeral service

Maryland Veterans Cemetery at Crownsville
1122 Sunrise Beach Road
Crownsville, MD 21032

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