Joanne Marie Paping Luke
Joanne Marie Paping Luke was born Feb. 21, 1929, in Spokane, Washington to Bertha May Hofstetter and Michael Angelo Paping. Later, Joanne went to live with Mike and Vivian Martin in Seattle. The Martins were Christians and led her to the Lord Jesus the second night she was in their home. They took her to church and it was there she met Wayne Luke. They married and had three children, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Joanne attended Simpson Bible Institute in Seattle and Prairie Bible Institute in Alberta, Canada, graduated from Columbia Basin Junior College in Pasco and attended University of Washington classes at the UW Graduate Center in Richland. She was an elementary school librarian in Richland and later the librarian for Richland School District.
Wayne was a full-time pastor for 15 years and then they were used by God to establish churches as lay people with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Joanne was used by God for 40 years to establish and maintain church libraries. Joanne said once, “This keeps me so busy I have no time for my earlier hobbies, such as sewing, handicrafts, gardening and music. But I take time to read several books a month. I’m probably thought of as a ‘workaholic’ because my favorite thing to do for fun and relaxation is cataloging books!”