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.