Joan was a wonderful loving mother and was loved by many. She was sweet and endearing. Even the staff at her nursing home said they loved her and that she would blow them kisses.
Her primary characteristic was that she had a deep love for God, with a real faith, almost a child-like faith, that actually began as a child and continued nearly unwavering and strong for over 70 years.
She was 86 years old when she went to her reward in heaven, where we are confident that Jesus received her with open arms and is saying to her "well done my good and faithful and precious servant, enter into the joy of thy Lord", and giving her a big hug. She has longed for that moment for years, so we should not be very sad now that she is with Jesus.
The fact that she lived as long as she did was a miracle since she was diabetic and had a litany of health problems that go back many years. Really it is the grace of God towards her family that we were able to have her around as long as we did; long enough for her to meet and hold her two great grandsons. We just weren't ready to say goodbye any sooner.
Because she loved Jesus so much, and was very expressive in her affection, she had a huge impact on her family; especially her sons and grandson. She left a legacy of love, affection, and trust in Jesus that will endure for generations. She will be missed, but not forgotten.
When she gave greeting cards she would always write very personalized and encouraging words along with selections of meaningful scripture from the Bible, so you always knew how much she genuinely cared. Those were always cards worth keeping.
Joan was very neat and organized. In fact she was a bit OCD to the point that she would move her "knick-knacks" around so that almost every time you came to visit her in her apartment her place looked different. She would know if anything was moved. In fact when she came over to your place she would know if you had anything different in your house! Some in her family would decorate all the more for Christmas especially just so they could see her reaction when there was a new decoration or knick-knack.
She had very simple but good taste; probably because most of her life she didn't have much money...yet she was VERY RICH indeed.
Joan was a very precious widower, with three prior husbands who all preceded her. Her parents were George & Rosella Barbeauty. She is survived by her three grown boys.
Private services are being held today Apr 14, 2023. Please send no flowers, any donations may be given to Samaritan's Purse or the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association or your favorite Christian mission.
We are confident and look forward to seeing her in heaven and continuing her legacy of love while we are here on earth.
We love you, mom.