Joan Urban John, 80, of Newberry Estates, Dallas, died unexpectedly Tuesday, July 15, 2014, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Born in Swoyersville, Joan was the daughter of the late Francis and Connie Kamus Urban. She was a graduate of Swoyersville High School, Class of 1951.
Joan lived in the Back Mountain area most of her life. An avid reader, she enjoyed crossword puzzles and would work them tirelessly. She was an advocate of the arts, loved to dance, travel, garden and entertain. An amazing cook and a baker extraordinaire, Joan possessed a genuine gift for making everyone feel comfortable.
She was generous with her time and talent and put her heart and soul into everything she did. Joan was passionate about her involvement in Showcase Theatre, whether she was the lead role or dressing a set. With a quick wit and infectious laugh, she was a gracious woman who truly loved and cherished her family and friends. Joan was a strong woman and an incredible mother, mom-mom and sister.
She was a member of Gate of Heaven Church, Dallas.
Surviving are her daughters, Connie A. John, Dallas; and Amy Kehner and husband, Kevin, Camp Hill; grandchildren, Adam and Grace Kehner, Camp Hill; sister, Eunice Patyk, Swoyersville; brother, Francis Urban and wife, Joan, West Pittston; and former husband, Gerald T. John, Dallas.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Gate of Heaven Church, 40 Machell Ave., Dallas. The Rev. Daniel A. Toomey will officiate.
Interment will be in Denison Cemetery, Swoyersville.
Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to
, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Harold C. Snowdon Funeral Home Inc., 140 N. Main St., Shavertown.