Ethel J. (Joan) Canady, 86, of Solon, Iowa died peacefully surrounded by family Sunday July 23, 2017 at Briarwood Care Facility in Iowa City.
A Service of Remembrance was held Saturday, July 29. 2017 at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson, Iowa with Rev. Julie Poulsen officiating. Sheryl Sloan was the organist and David Petersen was the soloist. The music played was “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Just As I Am” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” Larry Turner was the honorary bearer. Casket bearers were John Canady, Franklin Canady, Adam Canady, James North, Todd Turner and Douglas Turner. Interment was at Jefferson Cemetery in Jefferson.
Joan was born July 25, 1930 in Red Oak, Iowa the seventh child of Edward Grant and Ethel Ann Boan.
After high school, Joan graduated Nebraska Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Omaha as a Registered Nurse. During her training, she secretly married Dr. George Canady July 1, 1949 in Hiawatha, Kansas before his deployment in the Navy to Korea. During that time nurses in training were not allowed to be married.
After George’s military service ended, she helped him set up his medical practice in Jefferson, Iowa where she worked with him for many years and together they raised their son, John.
Joan was involved in the Campfire Girls and Boy Scouts as a leader and was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Joan was also a 50 plus year member of the Chapter CZ PEO of Jefferson. An avid golfer, she once carded a hole in one.
After the death of her husband of 59 years she moved to Solon to be closer to family.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George and her six siblings: Percy Boan, Juanita Stewart, Viola Turner, Pauline DePauw, Burnett Boan and Douglas Boan.
She is survived by her son, Dr. John ( Laurie) Canady of Iowa City; her grandsons, Frank Canady of Iowa City and Adam Canady of Mountain View, California; sister-in-law, Maxine Boan and numerous nephews and nieces.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Webb House or the Greene County Community Foundation both in Jefferson, Iowa.
Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, www.sliningerschroeder.com.