Joan Catherine Manning Andras, 58, of Murrayville, departed her earthly life surrounded by friends and family on July 27, 2012. Beloved wife of Dr. Cary Andras, cherished mother of Dr. Lindsay and Dr. Lydia Andras, and loving friend to many.
Joan (Joanie to all) was born May 9, 1954, in Shelbyville, Ind., the daughter of Robert and Maurene Ruse Manning. Graduating from Northwestern University with honors, she later completed a master's degree in clinical psychology. Along with being a full-time wife and mother, Joanie lent her many gifts to counseling for public services and MacMurray College. Active in numerous charities, she could also be found volunteering and singing at her church and enriching the lives of all who knew her with her gentle goodness. Her proudest achievement, which she shared with husband Cary "Jack" Andras, whom she married on Jan. 29, 1977, in Indianapolis, was raising two lovely daughters Lindsay and Lydia who were inspired to be physicians by her healing spirit.
Joan is survived by her husband and daughters; sister, Gale Manning MacNeill (Dr. Charlie) of Atlanta; and sister-in-law, Mary Andras Pflum (Dr. Gene) of Breckenridge, Colo.; nieces, Libby, Molly and Rhoda; and nephews, Derek, Josh and Chas. There will be many friends in Jacksonville, Ill., and Naples, Fla., who will miss her dearly as will her adored dog, Walter. Joanie will be kept alive by living each day to the best of your ability, laughing frequently and being kind and generous to one another.
A memorial service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Lutheran Church in Jacksonville. The family will meet friends 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday at Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Jacksonville. Memorials are suggested to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Condolences may be left at www.buchanancody.com.
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on July 29, 2012