JoAnn I. Farley, age 80, of Ida Grove, Iowa, passed away on Friday, December 15, 2017, at the Morningside Healthcare Community of Ida Grove, Iowa.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Father Richard D. Ball will officiate; with Committal Services following in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with the Rosary at 5:00 p.m. and the Vigil at 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 22, 2017, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, of Ida Grove, Iowa. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa is in charge of the funeral arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.christensenvanhouten.com
JoAnn Ione Farley was the daughter of Marvin and LuVa (Schomaker) Freeman, born August 6, 1937, in Sioux Rapids, IA. The family lived in Linn Grove, IA where she graduated from high school in 1955. She continued her education at the Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, MN. After graduating from college, JoAnn worked as a lab/X-ray technician in Red Oak, Iowa, where she met the love of her life, LeRoy Farley. They were united in marriage August 5, 1957, in Red Oak. While in Red Oak, JoAnn and LeRoy welcomed three children into their lives, Kevin, Kim, and Kristi. They then moved to Racine, WI and made their way to Ida Grove in March of 1962 where they welcomed two more children, Kyle and Keri.
While in Ida Grove, JoAnn worked as a lab/X-ray technician at Horn Memorial Hospital and JoAnn and LeRoy owned Farley Clothing for 38 years. Later on in life JoAnn worked for the local flower shops and volunteered at the hospital gift shop. During her lifetime, she devoted much of her time to beautification projects in Ida Grove, the Historical Society and she remained faithful to her church, giving much of her time to others. JoAnn loved her family and friends. Two of her favorite things were having coffee and playing cards with her friends. She also enjoyed going to ball games where she watched her grandchildren play sports.
JoAnn’s life will always be loved, honored and cherished by her family which includes her husband of 60 years, LeRoy Farley; her five children, Kevin (Beth) Farley of Ida Grove and their children Amanda (Neil) Carroll and Dustin (Brittney) Farley; Kim (Neil) Schumacher of Columbus, NE and their children Mandi (Daniel) Atkinson, Christopher (Jessica) Schumacher and Shawn Schumacher; Kristi (Derek) Drury of Holstein and their children Nathan (Alicia) Drury and Aaron (Elizabeth) Drury; Kyle (Cathryn) Farley of Kansas City, MO and their children Austin and Reece Farley and Ryland Jones; and Keri (Kevin) Weber of Ida Grove and their children Kirstin and Kylee Weber; 10 great grandchildren; and her sister, Jeanette (Tom) Flack of Jefferson, IA, along with many nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Memorials received by the family will be directed towards the Sacred Heart Prayer Garden.