JoAnn Julia Queen, age 80, of Homosassa, Fla., and formerly of Dayton, Ohio, passed away at 1:50 p.m. on March 5, 2014.
She was born July 24, 1933, in Dayton, Ohio, to the late John and Mary Benchic. JoAnn was a graduate of Kiser High School, class of 1951. She worked as a librarian at Allen Elementary School in Dayton for nearly 20 years. JoAnn enjoyed playing bingo, and her passion was with arts and crafts (knitting).
She was preceded in death by Mary and John Benchic (parents); Richard Queen (son); Doris Queen (daughter-in-law); and siblings, Bob Benchic, Dorothy Miller and Charlotte Picklesimer. She is survived by husband Eugene Queen; sons Gerry, Jeff (wife Wanda) and Tom (wife Denise); sisters Margie Parker, Mary Lou Devers, Rosalie Matt and Katherine Lynn; along with 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. JoAnn was also survived by a special stepdaughter, Jeanne Turpin. She was very devoted to her family and will be severely missed.
Friends will be received from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, where a chapel service will take place at 2 p.m. with Fr. Gregory Andrews officiating. Entombment will follow at Fountains Memorial Park, Homosassa. www.wilderfuneral.com