---- — ROCHESTER — Miss Joan R. Ewing, 81, Rochester, passed away unexpectedly at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at Logansport Memorial Hospital.
In Rochester, on May 8, 1932, the first daughter, Joan Ruth, was born to Joseph L. and Amelia Doyle Ewing. Later, her sister, Mary Catherine arrived, making the Ewing family complete. In May of 1950, with great Zebra pride, Joan graduated from Rochester High School. She continued her formal education at Indiana University and graduated in 1954 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education, majoring in Spanish and English.
Miss Ewing began her teaching career with a two-year stint at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. With a desire to return closer to home, she signed a contract with Logansport Community Schools. Miss Ewing shared her love for the languages, teaching Spanish and English at Logansport High School, mentoring her students for 39 years. She was LHS language department head and sponsor of the Spanish Club for a number of years. Miss Ewing laid aside her red pen, retiring in 1994 after serving education and nurturing her students for more than four decades.
Retirement allowed Joan the opportunity to enjoy many of life’s adventures with her family and friends. Spending time in the winter at Fort Myers and attending plays annually focusing on William Shakespeare in Stratford, Canada, were among her favorite destinations. Trips to Las Vegas to see the shows was another special vacation locale. Joan also loved shopping and dining out, especially at Tweedle-Dees. More recently, her most favorite shopping experience was QVC.
A vibrant community member, Joan was a member of Tri-Kappa for 63 years. She also enjoyed the camaraderie of the Tourist Club of Logansport. She was a member of the Indiana Retired Teacher’s Association and the Cass County and Fulton County Retired Teacher groups. As a thoughtful and compassionate friend, Joan always remembered to brighten someone’s day with a special card at Christmas, birthdays or to cheer them.
Very active in her church, Rochester’s First Baptist, Joan was a member over a half century. She sang soprano in the choir, was a member of the M & M group and the Fellowship Guild. She enjoyed flower gardening, purchasing fresh plants each spring to enhance the landscape of her home. Joan cheered wildly for Indiana University’s crimson and cream whether they were playing on the gridiron or the hardwoods, she was always true to IU! An animal lover, she shared her home with her faithful canine companion, Skippy, a beautiful brown and white English Springer Spaniel.
Known by the McCarter kids as Aunt Joan, she was revered by two generations. Always there courtside, the pool, at the music programs or academic honors nights, Aunt Joan was there to support Anne, David, John and Joe. With the arrival of the great-nieces and great-nephew, Aunt Joan was there to dote and give her full attentions to the trio of the next generation. It was with a radiant smile, twinkling eyes and great joy that Joan would deliver updates including a smidgen of information on the achievements and accomplishments of her talented nieces and nephews. The holidays and special family celebrations were times she looked forward to, just relaxing and enjoying family time watching the kids grow up.
Left to cherish Joan’s memory are a sister, Mary Catherine “Katie” McCarter and husband Phil of Rochester; a niece, Anne Marie Hubble and husband Doug of Anderson; two nephews, John Harry McCarter of Rochester and Joseph Phillip McCarter and wife Mandie of Rochester; two great-nieces, Abbie and Ella McCarter; a great-nephew, Grant McCarter; and her treasured canine companion, Skippy.
Preceding Joan in death are her parents and a nephew, David Ewing McCarter, June 12, 2011.
A celebration of the life of Miss Joan R. Ewing will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester, with Pastor Dr. Mark Spencer and the Rev. Junior Bose officiating. Interment will be in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.
Friends may visit with the family from 4 to 8 p.m. April 14 and one hour prior to the service April 15 in the funeral home. A Tri-Kappa Memorial Service will take place at 7:45 p.m.
Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the Miss Joan Ruth Ewing Memorial Scholarship Fund through the Northern Indiana Community Foundation or the First Baptist Church. Online expressions of sympathy may be made to Joan’s family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.