Joanne Bond | Obituaries | news-gazette.com

SAVOY – Joanne Lorraine (Hart) Bond was born on November 1, 1942 in Freeport, Long Island, NY, to F. Stewart Hart and Alma L. Sheppard. Joanne died on Wednesday (October 7, 2020) at 2:53 a.m. at the Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana with her daughter Michele by her side

She studied all her life and loved education. After graduating from Williamsburg, Ind., High school, she attended Ball State University, where she received her apprenticeship degree. She taught sixth grade at Whitewater Fountain City School as Miss Hart. She taught sociology, social studies and was a sophomore sponsor of Y-Teens. She left the company in 1965 and worked as a cashier at Second National Bank. She then worked in the installment loan department. She stayed with Second National Bank through the transition to Star Bank. After leaving Star Bank, she returned to college and attended Indiana University East to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. She was able to achieve this dream and graduated from Indiana University’s East School of Nursing in 1996. She worked in the medical field until her death, most recently at the Carle Nephrology Clinic. Joanne loved her position at the Carle Nephrology Clinic. It was her passion and great joy to work with her patients, staff and doctors. These working relationships became lifelong friendships that she cherished.

Joanne was musically gifted and loved many different genres of music, from The Eagles and Chicago to the Gaithers and classical music. She was a talented musician; She played the piano, sang soprano in the church choir or in the car while driving down the street, and in her younger years played French horn. She was a talented artist and writer. She was particularly distinguished by drawing people, cats and landscapes. She was a published author of a book of poetry entitled “Scraped Knees”. Not only was this book a top seller on Amazon, but Joanne received an Award for Excellence in Poetry and an Award for Merit of Merit from the International Society of Poets for its publication. She had been asked to write another volume of poetry, but was unable to finish the book before she died. She was also an unpublished writer of many short stories. Joanne was a lover of the written word.

She loved watching soccer and golf. She enjoyed a lot of conversations about the soccer game with her son-in-law Andrew. Joanne had a heart of gold. She was one of the nicest and most selfless people on earth. She had a smile that would light up the room. She greeted everyone with a smile and always had a friendly word or compliment to give. She thought of everyone in front of her. Even on her worst days, her concern was for others. She always wanted to be sure that her friends and family were safe and that she was lost in her prayers. She loved her family, friends and kittens unconditionally. She was a lover of nature, travel and “all creatures big and small”. She had an unwavering faith in God and Jesus. Regardless of the adversity she faced, she knew that God was in control. She did not live a life of fear, but a life that radiated her faith in Jesus Christ. In difficult times she said, “All things in God’s time.”

When she got to the Pearl Gates, we knew she was greeted by all of her fur babies, friends and family members who died before her. We know that because of their lives, the angels must help hold up their heavenly crown.

Her father, F. Stewart Hart (Marion), had preceded her death; Mother, Alma L. Sheppard (Robert); and half-brother Robert Sheppard Jr.

She is survived by her stepsister, Joan Sheppard of Richmond, Indiana. Son Michael Bond of Richmond; and daughter Michele Bond of Richmond.

Grandchildren include Andrea Elson (Andrew) from Greenville, Ohio, Brandon Andrews from Richmond, and Brittany Andrews from Richmond. Great-grandchildren include Ryder and Josalyn Elson, Gabriel Anderson, and Bentlee Lear. She also leaves her three precious kittens Murray, Gwendolyn and Ginger.

The family will have a private ceremony at a later date. Blessing! Condolences can be offered at owensfuneralhomes.com.

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