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Joan Hayden, age 68, of Kahoka, MO, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in Keokuk Area Hospital.
Joan was born January 20, 1947 in Keokuk, IA, a daughter of Victor E. and Mary Dorine Briley Young
A 1965 graduate of Kahoka High School, Joan continued her education at Southeastern Community College, graduating from there in 1996.
On April 7, 1968, she was united in marriage to Bill Hayden at the First Baptist Church in Kahoka.
Survivors include her husband, Bill, of the home; three sons: Chad (Lynn) Young of Burlington, IA, Mike Young of Kahoka and Carl Hayden of Corpus Christi, TX; eight grand-children: Amee Wyatt (Thomas Poole) of Farmington, IA and her children, Katerina, Sera, Gabriel; Jessica (Colt) Simerl of Fulton, MO, and children Lanie, Ryan and Cooper, Ashley (Justin) Reed of Keokuk, IA, and children Madyson, Kailee, and Peyson, Amber (Coyte) Todd of West Point, IA, and children Brooklyn and Kiley, Stephanie Young of Macomb, IL, Emilee (Kevin) Kottenstette of Fort Madison, IA and their daughter, Aubree; Kimberly House (Corey) Fox of Wayland, MO, and children, Johnny and Hunter, and Summer Hayden of Corpus Christi, TX; Amber, Stephanie and Emilee's mother, Bobbi Marshall of Fort Madison, IA; four step grandchildren: Matt Tansey, Caleb, Derrick, and Ryun, Brandon Tansey and Emma, Genera Tansey, Kyle and Mickenzie, all of Burlington, IA and Kyler Engen of Oquawka, IL; one brother, William (Brenda) Young of Kahoka, MO; six sisters: Vickie (Donnie) Burks, Ruby (Dodie) Simmons, Evelyn O'Day, Ava Carter, Diana Sommers (Steve) Toben, all of Kahoka, MO and Rita (Vaughn) Barry of Alexandria, MO; sister-in-law, Mary (John) McDaniel of Kahoka, MO; special family friend, Dennis Regan of Kahoka, MO; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Larry Hayden in 1988; two brothers, Victor Young, Jr and Samuel Eugene Robison; a sister, Sandra Ringenburg; and two brothers-in-law, Gary Simmons and Floyd Sommers.
Joan had a caring heart that went well with her job as a CNA at the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka. She enjoyed her work there until her health no longer made it possible. What she lacked in health she more than made up for in her personal ministry of sending cards to others in the church and community. It made the day brighter for those who were lucky to be a recipient. She was also the "go to" person when someone had a problem, needed prayer, or someone just to listen. She always had time for others.
Joan was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Kahoka and also of the V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary. She had a special "light" which shone to all those around her. She had a large family who looked up to and respected her. She was also an amazing grandma. She loved her husband, Bill, deeply and graduated into heaven on their 47th wedding anniversary.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Kahoka with Pastor Rob Quillin officiating. Burial followed in the Kahoka Cemetery. Friends called at Wilson Funeral Home in Kahoka after noon on Thursday with family receiving friends from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to the First Baptist Church in Kahoka.
*The V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary will pay tribute shortly before the visitation beginning at 5:50 p.m.
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