Joan Alls Saunders, 78, formerly of Catawba; beloved wife of the late Jack L. Saunders; loving mother of Brett L. Saunders (wife, Patricia) and Jo Ellen Albers (husband, Dallas); beloved companion and friend of John T. Spradlin; cherished grandmother of five; great- grandmother of one; dear sister of Fran Topping and Robert Alls; and aunt of many. Throughout her career as an educator, Joan enriched the lives of countless students, many of whom continued to express their gratitude for years after graduating school.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013, at Lotz Funeral Home, 1330 E. Main Street, Salem, Va. Interment and a graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at the Brillhart Family Cemetery on Newport Road in Catawba, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the or the .
This obituary was originally published in the Roanoke Times.