JoAnn Marie Harmon, 76, of Bethalto, passed away at 5:14 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2014 at her home with her family by her side, while under the care of St. Anthony’s Hospice.
She was born on May 17, 1937 in Springfield, the daughter of the late Joseph Herman and Clementine Odelia (Corcoran) Ray.
She married James T. Harmon on August 16, 1958 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Coffeen. He survives.
JoAnn graduated from Hillsboro High School and St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in 1958. She was a registered nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Alton and then Alton Mental Health Center until her retirement in 1985. She was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Bethalto. JoAnn enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs, needlepoint, reading, watching children and grandchildren play sports and most of all spending time with her family.
In addition to her husband of 55 years, she is survived by her children and their spouses, James and Elise Harmon Jr. and Michael L. Harmon all of Bethalto, Ken and Beckie Harmon of East Alton, Linda Bugg of Bethalto and Ron and Beth Harmon of St. Charles, MO; 17 grandchildren, Sarah, Natalie and Adam Harmon, Chris (Marissa), Brad and Chelsea Harmon, Abby, Keri, Alex and Levi Harmon, Ethan and Jared Bugg and Caleb, Elizabeth, Madeline, Claire and Kyleigh Harmon; one great-grandchild, Skylar Harmon and one on the way; one brother, Paul Ray of Montana; her sisters-in-law, Dorothy Joyce of Godfrey, Clara Kesler of Dongola, Evelyn Atkinson of White Hall, Betty Nichols of Godfrey and Doris Rose of Bowling Green, OH and many others, including a great-aunt, Lilian and several nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son-in-law, John Bugg; a brother, Joseph H. Ray Jr. and a sister, Louise Murray.
Services were through Elias, Kallal & Schaaf Funeral Home in Bethalto.