Joanne E. Beard, 75, of Aledo, Illinois died Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Genesis Senior Living in Aledo. Cremation has been accorded. Order of Eastern Star Services will be at 2:30 PM Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Fippinger Funeral Home in Aledo. A funeral service will follow with the Reverend Mark Harris officiating. Burial will be in the Candor Cemetery, rural Seaton, IL. Visitation will be 1-2:30 p.m. prior to services at Fippinger's where memorials may be left to the OES Chapter #126 or the Aledo United Methodist Church. Online condolences can be made at www.fippingerfuneralhome.com.
Joanne was born February 29, 1940 in Rock Island, IL to Edward and Katharine Henry Jones. She graduated from Keithsburg High School in 1958. She received her LPN from St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and graduated from Black Hawk College School of Nursing.
She married Fred W. Beard June 23, 1985 in Aledo. He died January 9, 2015.
Joanne was a registered nurse and spent most of her career in the nursing home environment for over 30 years.
Her memberships include the OES Chapter # 126, Aledo United Methodist Church and the Mercer County VFW Post 1571 Auxiliary.
Survivors include 2 adopted children, Jodie and Tony Reed, 2 step-children, Shari Gowdy of Orion, IL and Cindee Huffer of Moline, IL, several step grandchildren and great grandchildren, her mother, Katharine Jones of Aledo, IL, twin sister, JeAnne (Tom) Balmer of Aledo, a sister Cindy (Steve) Hunt of Henry, IL, niece, Vickie Fountain and her daughters of Normal, IL, nephews, Scott Balmer and his family of Aledo and John Balmer and his family of Andover, Kansas.
Her father, husband, nephew, Rusty Hunt and niece, Janel Balmer preceded her in death.
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Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, 1:00pm - 2:30pm, Fippinger Funeral Home
Saturday, May 23rd, 2015, 2:30pm, Fippinger Funeral Home