Mary Joanne “Joni” Elam

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Mary Joanne “Joni” Elam, 83, of Shell Knob, passed away July 20, 2020, at her home.

She was born Dec. 3, 1936, in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the daughter of Donald Wayne and Lucille Alma (Stroebele) Williams. On Oct. 2, 1965, in Evergreen, Minn., she was united in marriage to Melvin Elam who preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 2006. Also preceding her in death were her parents.

Survivors include: one daughter, Tamara “Tammy” Tillmann and her husband Andreas of Armidale, New South Wales, Australia; and two granddaughters.

She grew up and received her education in Iowa and graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in Council Bluffs. In the early 1970s she worked for First National Bank in Omaha, Neb. She was a member of First Christian Church in Shell Knob.

Memorial services were held Tuesday, at First Christian Church in Shell Knob under direction of Fohn Funeral Home in Shell Knob. Pastor Tom Rees conducted the services. Burial was at McCullough Cemetery in Viola.

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