Age 79, died peacefully in her home, July 9, 2012, after a 20-year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. She was born December 29, 1932, in Lansing, the daughter of Harold and Clara Cross.
Joanne received a B.S. in Medical Technology from Emmanuel Missionary College. She attended the Lansing Seventh-day Adventist church her entire life and was a very active member leading in the children’s Sabbath School departments for many years. She was a strong supporter of Christian education and served as president of the Joanne Cross Coon Foundation for 25 years. Joanne was also a member and leader in the Lansing Town Hall and the Capital Region Community Foundation.
Joanne was a chocolatier much of her life and was well known for her hand dipped, gourmet candies. She also loved gardening, travel and books. Joanne’s greatest passion was her family. She was a very devoted mother and grandmother. Joanne lived a life governed by love, infused with humor, and full of grace.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Max A. Coon; sons, Jeff A. Coon of Oceanside, CA and Max A. Coon of Lansing; daughter, Patricia (David) Markoff of Waynesville, NC; 7 grandchildren; and 1 great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her parents and daughters Jill Coon and JoEllen Milas.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, July 13, 2012, at the Lansing Seventh-day Adventist Church, 5400 W. St. Joe Hwy., Lansing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service time at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation or to Heartland Hospice.
The family wishes to express their appreciation for the loving service her care-givers extended to her throughout her illness.