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Joan "Jo Ann" Marie Wells

September 28, 1931 August 21, 2019
Joan "Jo Ann" Marie Wells
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Joan “Jo Ann” Marie (Parsons) Wells, 87, of Grand Ledge, MI passed away on August 21, 2019. Joan was born September 28, 1931 in Ionia, MI to Howard and Irene Ruth (Sharp) Parsons. Left to cherish her memory are her sons Gary (Donna) of Grand Ledge, MI and Larry Wells of Potterville, MI; five grandchildren: Chastity, Hollie, Kelly, Jessie and Cory, and 6 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Rosetta “Rosie” Feldpausch. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Nathan A. Wells, Jr., her parents, brother Wilton “Sonny” Parsons, and sister Maxine Green.

If one word could best describe Joan, it would be FIERCE. She approached life with a strong, determined spirit, and never let any setback discourage her. Even after developing Rheumatoid Arthritis, she pushed ahead and never let on about her pain. She loved to cook, and was great at it. When her arthritis eventually affected the use of her hands, she took to reading cookbooks and passing on her own recipes to her grandchildren. She loved her family with reckless abandon and valued their happiness over her own. She never wanted anyone to go without. She would truly have given the shirt off her back if you needed it, and it would most likely be purple. She wasn’t shy at speaking her mind, and would often leave her family in stitches with her stories. Her home was a place of comfort and the door was always open. No one went hungry, including her squirrels, whom she loved to feed while sitting on her front porch. She loved garage sales, trips to Walmart, and was always up for an adventure. She fought hard to the end and never gave up. Without a doubt, she greeted her husband with a smile, and some witty banter, as they were finally reunited in heaven. Words cannot express how much she will be missed, but we hold onto the promise that we will one day be reunited in with her in Heaven. In honor of Joan, family encourages guests to wear a lavender or purple item.

Her family wishes to extend many thanks to the devoted and kind people at Sparrow Hospital, Regency at Lansing West and Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care. We are especially grateful to Dr. Haresh Jani, whose expert care gave us several additional years with Joan. We are so grateful for the care all of you gave to our loved one and the support you gave to us.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. at the Grand Ledge Baptist Church, 1120 Willow Hwy., with Pastor Brian McLaughlin officiating. Interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Grand Ledge. Visitation will be Friday from 5-8 p.m. at Peters & Murray Funeral Home, Grand Ledge. For those wishing, memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Ledge Baptist Church or Compassus Hospice. Online condolences may be shared at

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5:00 PM 8/23/2019 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 8/23/2019 8:00:00 PM
Peters & Murray Funeral Home

301 E. Jefferson Street
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Peters & Murray Funeral Home
301 E. Jefferson Street Grand Ledge 48837 MI
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1:00 PM 8/24/2019 1:00:00 PM
Grand Ledge Baptist Church

1120 Willow Hwy.
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

Grand Ledge Baptist Church
1120 Willow Hwy. Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

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Oakwood Cemetery Final Resting Place

301 Oakwood St.
Grand Ledge, MI 48837

301 Oakwood St. Grand Ledge 48837 MI
United States

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