Joan Epstein, mom of TV star Kathie Lee Gifford, dies in Annapolis at 87

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 05:14:07 AM. Joan Epstein, an Annapolis resident and the mother of television personality Kathie Lee Gifford, passed away on Tuesday. She was 87 and had been living at the BayWoods senior living community in Ann
Joan Epstein, an Annapolis resident and the mother of television personality Kathie Lee Gifford, passed away on Tuesday. She was 87 and had been living at the BayWoods senior living community in Annapolis since 2002. Gifford, 64, announced her mother’s passing via Twitter on Tuesday night, writing “My precious mother, Joannie went home to Jesus & my daddy this morning. We praise God for His promise of eternal life & we thank God for her.” Gifford, who grew up in Bowie and graduated from Bowie High School in 1971, delivered an emotional tribute to her mother during her regular appearance on the “Today” show Wednesday. “It’s Wednesday, it’s Sept. 13 … She's already had one day in heaven,” Gifford said. Gifford’s father, Aaron Epstein, passed away in 2002, shortly before he and his wife were scheduled to move to Annapolis. They were living in Gambrills at the time. The family lived in Bowie from 1961 to 1997, according to son-in-law Craig Mader. Mader is married to Epstein’s younger daughter, Michelle. Epstein also had a son, David Epstein, who is the pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in New York. All three children attended Bowie High School. Gifford said on camera that she was happy that her father and mother were able to be together again. “Now they're joined,” she said. “My mom's been missing him so much …” Two things stood out to those who knew Epstein – her sense of humor and her strong faith. During her daughter’s television career, Epstein was a frequent guest on either...Read more
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