Joan Towery, age 76, of Granite City, IL, passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018 at Christian Northeast Hospital, St. Louis, MO. Joan was born on October 28, 1941, in St. Louis, MO, a daughter of the late Walter Pearl Bess and Mary Ann Elizabeth (Shackelford) Bess.
On May 29, 1960, Joan married Keith R. Towery, the love of her life. Keith passed away on November 10, 2013. Joan was a faithful member of Clark Avenue Church of Christ in Granite City, IL. She retired as a school bus driver after thirty plus years of dedicated service. In her younger years, she loved playing softball. Joan also enjoyed oil painting, sewing and making crafts. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family and friends. Joan loved life, she loved to laugh, but most of all she loved her family. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
In addition to her parents and husband, Joan was preceded in death by her brothers, Carl and Raymond Davis.
She is survived by her loving children, Kathy Harper of Granite City, IL, Walter (Pamela Sullivan) Towery of Granite City, IL and David (Jan) Towery of Hazelwood, MO; dear sister, Janette Farquhar of Licking, MO; proud grandmother to Stacie (Jeremy Skaggs) Harper, Christopher Harper, Jamie (John) Arzuagas, Emilie Towery, Adam Johnson, Katie Ward, Joshua Towery and Carolina Richardson; proud great-grandmother to Jared Skaggs, Ben Skaggs, Alora Smith, Camryn Ward, Connor Johnson, Raelynn Newberry and Kayden Newberry; nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road, Granite City, IL.
In celebration of her life, funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Irwin Chapel. Interment will be in Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.
Memorial donations may be given to American Diabetes Association. Donations will be accepted at the funeral chapel.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.irwinchapel.com.
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