Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Joan Delea Andrews, 55, of Eagle Rock, passed away on April 30, 2012, at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. She was born on Aug. 28, 1956, in Macon, the daughter of Allen Christman and Ferne Louise (Reynolds) Watson. She graduated from South Shelby High School in 1974 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. In her military career she was stationed and served in several locations including: Rantoul, Ill., England, Boston, Mass., Spokane, Wash., Shemya, in the Aleutian Islands and Fairbanks, Alaska. She served her country for over 20 years with distinction and retired with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant.

She was the city clerk in Seligman for many years and was recognized as the Woman of the Year from the city in 2010.

She was a United Methodist throughout her life. In retirement, she was an active member of the United Methodist Church in Cassville. She served in mission and as a youth leader. At the Maratane United Methodist churches in Mozambique, Africa, she was known as "Big Mama." She was in regular communication with the congregation in Maratane. She has a namesake Joan Andrews Fataki, born in 2011.

Survivors include: her mother, Ferne Watson, of Eagle Rock; daughters, Casey Andrews, of Cassville, and Amber Hylton and Jeremy Nuttle, of Republic; brother, James Allen Watson, of Clarence; sisters, Betty Sue Watson and Jo Ann McMahon, of Arnold; and two grandchildren. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by an infant brother, Robert Watson.

Memorial services were held on Saturday at the United Methodist Church, Cassville.