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One of Palau’s well-known female pioneer in many fields, late Joan Mary Hinang Demei, will be laid to rest this Saturday, September 26 in her home State of Peliliu.
During the early days of Palau under the Trust Territory government, few Palauan women cut new trails into the professional world, and one of them is Ms. Joan Hinang Demei, who went to work in the United States Peace Corp Office in Saipan straight from high school in 1961. Ms. Demei was featured the Pacific Islands Monthly news magazine at the time as result.
She became the first flight attendant for Continental Micronesia Airline or “Air Mike” when it first opened its commercial routes in the region and for her work and she was featured by NBC News in the United States, which highlighted her work ethic and her rise from simple island life to gleaming condominiums of Honolulu. She became the first woman Vice President and manager of the Bank of Hawaii, Palau Branch, which she served successfully until her retirement. She was the organizer behind the successful Miss Palau Inc. which thrived under her leadership. In addition, she served in many other non-government organizations as well as government’s boards including Chairman of Palau National Communications Corporation and Commissioner of the Palau National Bank.
Her tough mindedness and will to live, made her outlast doctor’s prognosis of 3 years of life after she was diagnosed with cancer in in 1996. She lived 24 more full years with her family, friends and contributed to her community.This remarkable Palauan woman pioneer is survived by her children, grandchildren and numerous siblings both in Palau and in Japan and is missed by many whose lives she touched

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  1. What a remarkable lady in countless ways. I’m very very thankful that we did not say good
    bye to you decades ago….and Soo very thankful that your Father in heaven gracefully answered yours and countless prayers throughout your life, on behalf of you and yes….you for others. Thank you for your Love, service and sacrifices…..we will meet again….not because I say so….but because God’s promises say so. His promises….
    Isaiah 41:10
    10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    We love you Joan and we will see you and others on the other side
    ….Amen ❤️

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