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.