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Joan Rose Howarter

January 5, 1932 April 28, 2018
Joan  Rose Howarter
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Obituary for Joan Rose Howarter

Joan Rose Howarter, 86, a long-time resident of Santa Maria, peacefully went to be with her Savior on a beautiful Saturday morning, April 28th, 2018.

Joan Rose Lashbrook was born on January 5, 1932, in Rushville, Illinois to Blondelle Evelyn and George Kelly Lashbrook. She attended elementary, middle, and high school in Knoxville, Illinois. She met Wallace Howarter while attending high school, and the two high school sweethearts were married on August 21, 1955.

Joan worked for 30 years as a bookkeeper, including many years for the Los Padres Theater Company, owned by Bob and Diane Gran.

Joan is survived by her husband of 63 years, Wallace, son David, daughter-in-law Debbie, and grandchildren Christina, Jonathan, Alyssa and Amy, and by her sister, Rosemary Schieferdecker, of Cambridge, Illinois.

Throughout her brief illness, Mom never complained, but rather expressed thanks to those around her for spending time with her. It was a gift to spend time with such a kind, caring and selfless Mom, Grandma, and friend.

Joan was proceeded in death by son Nathan Howarter in March of 1986, and mother Blondelle Evelyn Lashbrook in December, 1995.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 5th, from 2-4pm at Dudley Hoffman Mortuary, followed by a visitation and memorial service to be held at Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois. Funeral and interment will be at the Knoxville Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Home Helpers caregivers Dorothy, Stacy, Jaelyn, and Mercedes for your caring services while she was home; Dignity Hospice for all their help; Marian Extended Care staff; and

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