Joanna Lawless Wade


Joanna Lawless Wade, 88, of Flat Rock, died Thursday, November 9, 2017 at her home.

Joanna spent most of her life as a housewife.

She graduated from St. Paul High School in 1947.

She was a member of Flat Rock United Methodist Church, Norristown Chapter Eastern Star, American Quilters Society and the Shelby County Home Ec Club.

She enjoyed quilts show and family history. She was an avid reader.

Joanna loved her grandkids and great-grandkids.

Born on August 18, 1929 in St. Paul, Joanna was the daughter of John Patrick and Ruth Rockafeller Lawless.

She married Ralph Wade on January 21, 1951 at Flat Rock United Methodist Church, and he preceded her in death on October 17, 2011.

Survivors include her children, Logan Ralph Wade and Mary (Rusty) Smiley, both of Flat Rock; grandchildren, Jesse (Rochelle) Mathena of Greenwood, Donnell (Lenora) Mathena of Freetown and Joseph (Kayla) Mathena of Alert; great-grandchildren, Jesse, Devon, Wade, Annabelle and Josey Mathena; and several nieces and nephews.

Joanna was preceded in death by her parents; husband; brother, Robert Lawless, and sister, Hester Petty.

Cremation is planned. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m. at Flat Rock United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Les Fix officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Flat Rock United Methodist Church, 2513 W. State Road 252, Flat Rock, IN 47234.

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