Joan Raye Thompson was born August 20 in Dubuque, Iowa, weighing seven pounds eight ounces, and measuring 21 inches long. Joan is the third child of Elizabeth and Nick Thompson of Dubuque. Grandparents are Julie (Otting) and David Poe of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and Rebecca Christian and John Patience of Ames, Iowa. She is the great-granddaughter of the late Joan Otting. Her great-aunt, Amy Otting, is a Traer resident.