Joan Arnold, 85, of Creston died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at EveryStep Greater Regional Hospice House in Creston. Services will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Powers Funeral Home, 601 New York Ave. in Creston and will be livestreamed on Powers Funeral Home Facebook page. Pastor Jim Morris will officiate.
Open visitation will be 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, with family receiving friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Masks and social distancing will be required. Burial will follow in Tingley Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the EveryStep Hospice House. Condolences can be given at www.powersfh.com.
Beverly Joan Hannah, daughter of Theodore (Ted) and Francis McKee Hannah was born Aug. 12, 1935, in Shenandoah. The family lived in Blanchard until moving to Tingley when Joan was two years old. She attended Tingley public schools graduating in 1953. Joan had the honor of playing guard on the 1952 Tingley state qualifying basketball team. She was also a member of the school’s choir singing solo and trio performances.
Joan was united in marriage in 1953 to Robert Lee Arnold in Tingley. They farmed together until Bob was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1957.
While Bob was stationed in Germany, the two traveled to six countries and attended the World’s Fair in Brussels, Belgium. Upon returning home from Germany, Bob and Joan began raising a family. Three sons were born into this union: Thomas Alan, Scott William and David Wayne.
Joan worked on the family farm raising chickens, milking cows and planting large gardens. Joan later worked for AEA where she worked with students with disabilities. Joan’s love for antiques led her to partner in an antique shop in Afton. Joan and Bob divorced later in life, and she moved to Creston, where she was an associate at Walmart for thirteen years. Many of those years were spent working in the garden center which brought her much joy. Joan moved to the Afton Care Center in December 2016 and to the Greater Regional Hospice Home in July of 2020.
Joan loved growing plants, flowers and listening to music. The most important part of Joan’s life was her family. She loved supporting her sons in their childhood endeavors and continued supporting her grandchildren the same way. Joan attended Easter egg hunts, music programs, birthday parties, tea parties and baptisms; as well as observing numerous sporting events. She often traveled to Missouri, Texas and nearby places in Iowa to spend time with her kids and grandkids.
She is survived by her three sons: Thomas (Denise) Arnold of Murray, Scott (Claudia) Arnold of Santa Rosa, Texas and David (Natalie) Arnold of Maryville, Missouri; 11 grandchildren: Clay (Maggie) Arnold, Cali (Scott) Benson, Corbin, Mason (Jenn) and Thane Simmons, Ryan, Janelle, Colin, Tyson, Addison and Gracen Arnold; great-grandchildren Dash and Duke Arnold and Raylan Simmons.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents and infant sister.