Joan Rockwell

69, loved hiking, fishing and camping.

Joan Laflin Rockwell of Appomattox, Va., passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2019.

She was the loving wife of Henry “Hugh” Radcliffe, who passed away on Sept. 9, 2017.

Joan was born on April 20, 1950, in Chicago, Ill. Having a passion for the outdoors, she earned a geology degree at Vassar College. After a long involvement in the arts in Richmond, Va., she moved to Appomattox in 1993, falling in love with property along the James River.

After starting a café/bookstore and meeting Hugh there, they built their own house, initiated a horse rescue effort, started Rockcliffe Farm Retreat & Lodge and worked diligently with the Virginia Department of Forestry to create a perpetual conservation easement with their land.

At Rockcliffe Farm, she sought to share the quiet joys of nature with all, including taking guests canoeing and hiking, hosting riverfront breakfasts during the James River Batteau Festival and teaching horse grooming to differently-abled adults.

She and Hugh also loved hiking, fishing and camping on their regular visits with the Fahrneys in Buena Vista.

Joan was a committed member of the First Church of Christ, scientist, in Lynchburg, Va., helping lead services there for years, and was the beloved secretary/treasurer of her Christian Science Association for 13 years. She is particularly remembered for her unconditional love for her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her family in Buena Vista: Eleanor, Andrew, Jake and Lila Fahrney. She is also survived by sister Ellen Rockwell Galland and her other children and grandchildren: Cyrus Eyster (Molly Frey); Phillip Radcliffe (Tori Banton), Lucas and Zoe Radcliffe; Daniel Radcliffe (Rebecca) and Lena Peters and Scott Judy (Joy), Emily and Olivia Judy.

Condolences can be sent to Eleanor & Andrew Fahrney, PO Box 4255, Buena Vista, CO 81211.