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Joan E. (Fox) Deaton, age 62, of Seymour, passed away at 2:45 p.m. Sunday, February 17, 2013, at her home, surrounded by her family. Born September 17, 1950, in Seymour, she was the daughter of Ralph R. and Alma F. (Skirvin) Fox. On July 24, 1975, in Seymour, she married Chester Deaton.
Joan studied dietary management at North Lawrence Vocational School and used that degree as she worked as a dietary manager 10 years at Hoosier Christian Village and 12 years at Columbus Convalescent Center. She also owned and operated the Kurtz Mini Mart for three years followed by the Reddington Grocery, where she retired after 10 years. Joan was a longtime member of Seymour Community Church and was a member of Jackson County Spurs and Wheels Saddle Club.
Survivors include her husband Chester; her mother, Alma; her children, James (Ginger) Deaton, Bradley Deaton, Bobby (Angie) Petro, Lori Lea Deaton, Sonni (George Altepeter) Rogers, all of Seymour, and Jera Sue (Casey) Shelton of Kentucky; a daughter-in-law, Melanie VanCleve of Hayden; a sister, Pamela (Jim) Browning of Brownstown; grandchildren, Rikki Deaton, James Deaton, Matthew Deaton, Tevis Deaton, Jonathan Deaton, Shane Fox, Natasha (Sebastian) Perez, Heidi Cole and Ruth Shultz; and great-grandchildren, Phillip, Malachiah, Eli, Aiden, Alley, Isaac, Isaiah, Izabel, Katherine, Adrianne, Aiden, Brooklinn Elaina and Tucker.
Joan was preceded in death by her father; grandsons, Logan and Nicholas Petro; and a daughter-in-law, Kathy Hampton.
Brother Tim Douglas will conduct a funeral service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Februrary 20, at Seymour Community Church, located at 1023 North O'Brien Street, Seymour. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until service time Wednesday at the church. A private graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Reddington Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Autism Society or to Seymour Community Church.
Online messages may be sent to the family at www.WoodlawnFamilyFuneral.com.