Joan Hartley
December 6, 1918  -  February 17, 2019

Joan Hartley

Funeral Service
Christ Church
1001 Elm
Neodesha, KS  66757
Thursday, February 21, 2019
2:00 pm
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Brewster Memorial Cemetery
Saturday, February 23, 2019

Brewster Memorial Cemetery
Brewster, KS  67732

W. A. Rankin Memorial Library
502 Indiana St.
Neodesha, KS  66757

Goodland Public Library
812 Broadway
Goodland, KS  67735

Joan Hartley
Joan Hartley of Goodland, KS, a longtime resident of Morningstar Care Home of Neodesha, died Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, at Morningstar Care Home. She had celebrated her 100th birthday on Dec. 6, 2018.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Christ Church in Neodesha under the direction of the Loran Fawcett Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. (MST) Saturday, Feb. 23, at Koons-Russell Funeral Home in Goodland. A private burial with immediate family only will follow at the Brewster Memorial Cemetery.
Joan was born Dec. 6, 1918, in Ames, KS, to John Ira and Nellie Blanche (Raney) Miller.
In 1936, she graduated as valedictorian from Moreland High School in Moreland, KS. She attended Ft. Hays College where she received her teaching certificate. She taught for several years in a country school in western Kansas.
She was united in marriage to James Willard Hartley on Aug. 24, 1940, at the Methodist parsonage in Goodland. Willard and Joan began their lifetime of farming and ranching, establishing their own farmstead in northeast Sherman County. It remains an active family farming operation. They were married for 68 years and were blessed with four daughters, Janet, Judy, JoAnne and Jackie. Willard preceded her in death in 2008.
When her children were young, she was both a 4-H and Brownie Scout leader. She enjoyed watching sporting events, the art of writing letters, playing bridge, golf, horseshoes and fishing. Joan also enjoyed boating, snowmobiling and playing pitch with her daughters. She planned many trips which included trips to two World’s Fairs.
Joan is survived by three daughters, Judy Siruta of Goodland, JoAnne Harper and her husband, Terry, of Neodesha and Jackie Witherspoon and her husband, Gary, of Shell Knob, MO; 17 grandchildren, Jim, Jeff and Joel McNerny, Brian, Scott and John Shuman, Barbara Shafer, Lynn and B.J. Baird, Chanda Shelton, Brooke Baird, Quinn Jones, Abbey Thomas, Wyatt Harper, Kara Broeker, Kyle and Brad Witherspoon; 32 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Janet; four sisters, Irene, Clare, Lucille and Jewell; four brothers, Faye, Jim, Wayne and Jack Miller; and two grandchildren, Travis and Ryan.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the W. A. Rankin Memorial Library of Neodesha or the Goodland Public Library.
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  1. Jan Tygart Davis
    Leesburg, FL

    My thoughts and prayers for Joan’s family and loved ones.

  2. Shari Ball McCabe
    Buhler, KS

    I can remember our folks playing cards and laughing at your house, while we all were surely in trouble somewhere. Very fond memories of your delightful Mother.

  3. Leann McNerny
    Cunningham, KS

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all

  4. Kathy Tubbs Homan
    Grove, OK

    So sorry to hear this. Prayers for the family.

  5. Sharon K Layman
    The Villages, FL

    Sorry for your loss. Remembering years of friendship through Beaver Gardens 4-H, Llanos HDU, and Brewster school activities. Rest in peace.

  6. Sharon K Layman
    The Villages, FL

  7. Rose Marie Aschenbrenner
    Dallas, TX

    Oh how I am so sad to hear of this. I loved her! She was so cute! My mom always talked about her when she played bridge. Prayers to y'all! You were blessed.

  8. Beth Hawkins
    Surfside Beach, SC

    Remembering your mom and the friendship she and my mom shared.

  9. Vicki Holtzman
    Altoona, KS

    Sorry to Hear of your Loss. Prayers for the Family.

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