Joan E. (Fox) Deaton, 62, Seymour, passed away at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at her residence surrounded by her family.
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Joan studied dietary management at North Lawrence Vocation School and used that degree as she worked as a dietary manager for 10 years at Hoosier Christian Village and for 12 years at Columbus Convalescent Center. She also owned and operated the Kurtz Mini Mart for three years followed by Reddington Grocery, where she retired after 10 years. Joan was a longtime member of Seymour Community Church and was a member of Jackson County Spurs and Wheels Saddle Club.
Born Sept. 17, 1950, in Seymour, she was the daughter of Ralph R. and Alma F. (Skirvin) Fox. On July 24, 1975, in Seymour, she married Chester Deaton.
Survivors include her husband, Chester; her mother, Alma; children, James (Ginger) Deaton, Bradley Deaton, Bobby (Angie) Petro, Lori Lea Deaton, Sonni (George Altepeter) Rogers, all of Seymour, and Jera Sue (Casey) Shelton, Kentucky; a daughter-in-law, Melanie VanCleve, Hayden; sister, Pamela (Jim) Browning, Brownstown; grandchildren, Rikki Deaton, James Deaton, Matthew Deaton, Tevis Deaton, Jonathan Deaton, Shane Fox, Natasha (Sebastian) Perez, Heidi Cole and Ruth Shultz; and great-grandchildren, Phillip, Malachiah, Eli, Aiden, Alley, Isaac, Isaiah, Izabel, Katherine, Adrianne, Aiden, Brooklinn Elaina and Tucker.
She was preceded in death by her father; grandsons, Logan and Nicholas Petro; and a daughter-in-law, Kathy Hampton.
Brother Tim Douglas will conduct funeral services at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Seymour Community Church, 1023 N. O'Brien St., Seymour. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church. A private graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Reddington Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Autism Society or to Seymour Community Church.
Online messages to the family can be left at www.WoodlawnFamilyFuneral.com.
Arrangements were handled by Woodlawn Family Funeral.
Woodlawn Life Celebration Centre
311 Holiday Sq. Rd.
Seymour, IN 47274
Published in Tribune from Feb. 18 to Feb. 22, 2013