Dr. Joan Teresa “Joanie” Hamilton Mar 7, 2015 Born in Council Bluffs and living in Neola, IA; Omaha, NE; Tekamah, NE; Iowa City, IA; Des Moines, IA; Independence, IA; Sibley, IA; Clarinda, IA. Joan had been fighting cancer since May 2014 and passed on March 7, 2015 with her children and their spouses, two siblings, and two great friends by her side. Joan received her BA at the College of St Mary, her MA in Literature at the University of Iowa, and Ph.D. in British and American Literature at Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln, teaching at Tekamah High and local colleges before finishing her career at Omaha South. Preceded in passing by her parents, Joseph and Ione Turner and brother Peter. Survived by children and spouses: Rachel Smith, Matthew Hamilton, Benjamin Hamilton, Nell and David Cole; grandchildren: Hannah and Sophia Smith (Rachel), Zoe and Charli Cole (Nell); siblings and spouses: William and Nancy Turner, Bonnie Turner, Rosalie and Ed Fennel, Marge Turner and John Olander, and Tom and Sue Turner; 17 nieces and nephews and their children; and countless friends. She loved and was loved. A CELEBRATION OF LIFE will be held on April 11th at St. Patrick Parish in Neola, IA followed by a 4pm reception at the Hot Shops Art Studios, Omaha, NE. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to: St. Francis Indian School c/o Joan T Hamilton Library Book Fund, PO Box 326, Chamberlain, SD 57325.
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