Joan Yelderman Bohls
Joan was fortunate to have been raised on a ranch near Rosenberg where where spent days outside gazing at clouds, stars, sunrises and riding horses, playing with cats, chickens and doves. She was surrounded by farm animals. Joan's awareness of God began in days in nature and church. Knowing God was part of early memories. Joan only wanted to be a wife and mother but like a river life took her many places she never dreamed. Joan graduated from the University of Texas, received her Master's Degree and had 25 year career in education as a teacher, Educational Diagnostician and administrator. She loved children and being part of their lives.
Joan co-founded the New Century Garden Club in 1976 in Rosenberg, ,has been member of several garden clubs and a docent at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center. Conservation/ nature has been a passion and when her siblings sold their part of the 9E Ranch, she kept her 300 acres, built 4 cabins and started sharing the 9E Ranch that she calls a "thin place" between heaven and earth" with guests. She had a conservation easement put on the 9E Ranch so it cannot be divided and developed. On Nevember 16, 1998 checking the survey line days before it was divided she got lost due to darkness and was found early in the morning. Psalm 16 was the devotional scripture the next morning. and is meaningful. She and Kent have enjoyed welcoming guests for many years (beginning in 2000) always remembering Hebrews 13:1,2 "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it"
Joan's love for beauty and art lead her back to the University of Texas where she studied oil painting. She is a part of Outdoor Painter Society, Plein Aire Painters of New Mexico and enjoys painting otdoors. Joan is also a Rotarian and in the DAR, Bastrop Book Club, Retired Teachers, Smithville Garden Club.