MURPHYSBORO — JoAnn Carter joined her heavenly Father on Wednesday, July 3, 2019. She passed away in her home, surrounded by her loved ones.
JoAnn Vaught was born Dec. 7, 1933, to John and Gertrude Martin Vaught.
JoAnn grew up on the family dairy farm in rural Murphysboro. As a teenager she assisted her father in running the Marlow Theater (Liberty Theatre) becoming one of the first female ushers.
JoAnn married Donald E. Carter of Jacob on July 9, 1950. He preceded in death Dec. 16, 2013.
They loved the simple life. Some of their best times were spent at the lake picnicking and catching fish with their family. They loved growing a garden and having Sunday dinners where everyone was together. JoAnn adored her children and grandchildren. One of her most cherished accomplishments was being able to help in raising them. She gave graciously of herself, putting the needs and care of others first.
She was a member of Christ Community Church and no matter what life brought, she always remained strong in her faith on her journey to meet God.
JoAnn is survived by two sons, David E. Carter and Jeff (Judy) Carter; two daughters, Donna (Fred) Davis and Jennifer (William) Wyatt, all of Murphysboro; six grandchildren, Jessica (Gary) Piquard, Justin (Brittanie) Carter, Jacki Carter, Christin King, Jake Carter and Cameron King; six great-grandchildren, Gary Piquard III, Reaghan Piquard, Lilly Carter, Laila King, June Murphy, and Daisy Carter, all of Murphysboro; two stepgrandsons, Willie LePere and Mark Davis; four great-stepgrandchildren, Troy, Geordan, Victoria LePere and Jake (Lysette) Flare; two great-great-stepgrandsons; one sister, Ruth Verbal of Murphysboro; one sister-in-law, Ruby (George) Knight of Carmi; and many nieces and nephews; also, two special friends, Loretta and Micheal Bailey.
She was also preceded in death by her parents and two infant brothers.
Services were at noon Monday, July 8, in Christ Community Church in Murphysboro, with Pastor Rick McNeely officiating. Burial was in Murdale Gardens of Memory in Murphysboro. Visitations were from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday and from 11 a.m. to noon Monday, both at the church.
Memorials may be made to the funeral home to help offset funeral expenses.