Joan Kingsolver 1932-2019 Joan listened every day to KMA radio and was happy to not hear her name be on the list of passing's. On June 16, 2019, things changed. Although her name was called, she was called to a higher place to join family and friends who preceded her. Joan Emily Knackstedt was born in McPherson, Kansas on May 7, 1932 to Orville Henry and Lillie Mae (Holland) Knackstedt. At age 10 her parents separated and she went with her mother and sisters to Sidney, Iowa. Joan started school in Poplar Bluff and went to school in Everton and Nevada, Missouri and through the 9th grade in Sidney, Iowa. Joan quit school to help her mother, by working at Daniels Café and at the telephone office as an operator. In 1950 she moved to Shenandoah, Iowa where she moved in with Midge (Mosser) Snodgrass. There she worked at Spurgeon's Clothing. In 1952 she met Kenneth Reid Kingsolver. They were married on July 27, 1952 in Sidney, Iowa surrounded by family and friends. In 1958 they were blessed with a son, Lee Howard Kingsolver. Joan was a homemaker and worked on the family farm. After her husband's passing, Joan worked at the Ambassador as a cook and then at Walmart until retirement. She was proceeded in death by her parents, her husband, two sisters Norma Knackstedt and Arlene Howell, Brother in law Gordon Howell, a nephew Patrick Howell, and great- grandnephew Aaiden Small-Lawson. She leaves behind her son Lee (Joyce) Kingsolver of Red Oak, grandsons Brian and Randy Kingsolver of Shenandoah, one step son Ronald (Millie) Kingsolver of Shenandoah, sister Betty Hafey of Azusa, CA, eleven nieces and nephews, numerous great nieces and nephews, and great grand nieces and nephews. Funeral Services were held on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home with Pastor Carl Phillips officiating. Special music for the service included the recordings of "In the Garden", "The Old Rugged Cross" and "I Want to Stroll Over to Heaven With You". Attending to the register book was Kelly Randolph. Casket Bearers included Jim Randolph, Doug Randolph, Terry Shelton, James Howell, Twila Schwalbe and Tim Howell. Memorials may be directed to the Grape Community Hospital Foundation or the Shenandoah Ambulance Service. Remembrance and condolences may be shared with the family at Hackett-Livingston Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.

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