Joan M. McCaulley

March 15, 1929 ‒ February 24, 2009

Marion, Ohio

Joan M. McCaulley, age 79, of Marion, peacefully went to be with the Lord and her husband, Bill, on Tuesday morning, February 24, 2009, at the Marion Manor Nursing Home following an extended battle with cancer.

On March 15, 1929, Joan was born in Marion, Ohio, the daughter of the late Raymond and Evelyn (Purvis) Williams. Per her father’s insistence, she learned to play the piano and little did she know “the gift of music” at an early age would enrich her entire life.

Joan graduated from the Marion Harding High School in the Class of 1948, and still enjoyed going to reunions and spending time with her classmates. Following high school, she then attended college at the St. Louis Institute of Music. Later in life, she wanted to continue her pursuit of knowledge and she attended classes at Marion Technical College and OSU Marion.

Falling for her high school sweetheart, Joan married Master Sergeant William “Bill” McCaulley, on March 12, 1950, at the Epworth United Methodist Church. Bill was a twenty year Veteran of the U. S. Air Force, and in the process of having four children together their family traveled the world moving to several different Air Force bases in California, Texas, Illinois, Montana, Bermuda, and Delaware. They shared over thirty eight wonderful years of marriage, until he preceded her in death on October 4, 1988. She mourned his loss every day, though she had the strength to carry on with grace.

In 1968, upon Bill’s honorable discharge from the Air Force, Joan and her family returned to Marion. They lived in the River Valley School District, where she worked as a cook and where the children attended school.

A woman of deep faith, Joan was very active within the Epworth United Methodist Church, where she was a teacher’s aide with the Epworth Preschool and Daycare, taught Sunday School Classes for over 18 years, and was active in many other groups. She also formerly played the piano for the young children at the church for 16 years. Her beliefs were best characterized by her favorite bible verse, “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.

A wonderful cook, Joan was always in charge of the baking for all family get togethers. Reminiscing about her pies with homemade crust, chocolate cake with caramel icing, banana nut bread, and Grandma Williams’ famous candy to name a few made her family’s mouth’s water talking about them. Also, Bill was an avid gardener and Joan enjoyed cooking and/or canning his bounty.

Growing up, Joan spent nearly every day swimming at Crystal Lake in Marion. Her love of swimming continued throughout her entire life, and she would find water to jump in no matter where she lived. During her years in Bermuda she even swam to a distant island and back. Later in life, she became a member at the Marion YMCA where she enjoyed swimming.

Having a knack for picking up music, Joan could play effortlessly for hours without needing a sheet of music. She often teased that she couldn’t sing a note, but if she could hear a song then she could play. She especially loved to “tickle the ivories, of her baby grand piano at home,” and it was music that helped lift her spirits after losing her husband.

With a heart of gold, Joan cared deeply for family and she truly “was the glue that held everyone together.” She had a way with words, often being brutally honest, but saying the truth in a way that was never hurtful. She appreciated all the small things in life, and shared this gift with her many friends and family who she loved to gab with, being able to talk for hours.

Left to cherish her memory are her four children: William (Norma) McCaulley of Marion, and their children: Bill (Beth) McCaulley, and Mike (Angie) McCaulley; Ann (Jerry) Burns of Milford Center, and their children: Eric (Amelia) Burns, Curtis (Megan) Burns, and Nathan (Kea) Burns; John (Maureen) McCaulley of Chardon, and their children: Lauren, Gregory and Bryan McCaulley; and Carol (Doug) King of Marion, and their son, Carson William King; seven great-grandchildren: Gracie, Baylee, Averee McCaulley with Josie McCaulley coming soon, and Shelby, Aubrey, Camdyn, and Cohen Burns; a sister-in-law, Jean Thomas of Mantua, Ohio; a brother-in-law, Raymond Long of Johnson City, TN; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Including her husband and parents, Joan was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Roberts.

The McCaulley family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2009, at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Services celebrating her life will be held on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. at the Epworth United Methodist Church, 249 E. Center St., Marion, with Rev. Colleen Ogle officiating, and the family will greet friends for an hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Marion Cemetery. Friends are invited to return to the church for a fellowship meal in her honor.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Epworth Preschool and Daycare, 249 E. Center St., Marion, Ohio 43302.

Her family would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to a good friend, Terry McClure, for his care of Joan and constant support.

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