In Memory of JoAnn Ione Farley

JoAnn Ione Farley
JoAnn Ione Farley
Born: August 6, 1937
Died: December 15, 2017
Age: 80
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JoAnn Ione Farley
August 6, 1937 - December 15, 2017
From: Ida Grove, IA
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

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.


10:30 a.m., Saturday
December 23, 2017
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa


Father Richard D. Ball


Nathan Drury
Dustin Farley
Christopher Schumacher
Aaron Drury
Shawn Schumacher
Austin Farley


5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, December 22, 2017
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Ida Grove, Iowa

Rosary 5:00 p.m.
Vigil  7:00 p.m.


Carol Goldsmith

"Here I am Lord"
"Gift of Finest Wheat"
"On Eagle's Wings"
"One Bread, One Body"
"How Great Thou Art"

Recorded Selection:
"Going Home for Christmas"


Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 2:41 PM
“My thoughts and prayers are with you. JoAnn Was such a sweet caring person. Heaven gained a willing angel who will be ready to go to work in whatever God asks of her.
- Lue Baker
Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 10:33 AM
“I just learned today of the loss of Joann. My sincere condolence to all of the family. She was by far such a wonderful soul. Always so warm and friendly. God bless you all at this time of grief. I am sure she was singing in the angelic choir at Christmas, if only we could hear. ”
- Janice McGuire
Thursday, December 21, 2017 at 9:41 AM
“I'm so sorry to hear of Joanns passing. She was a lovely lady. I have fond memories of when I worked with her at the flower shop. Prayers to all the family🙏🏻”
- Jean owen
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 4:26 PM
“We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. The Greenwood / Geeson families”
- Gina Greenwood
Monday, December 18, 2017 at 10:39 AM
“To Leroy and the Farley family: So sorry to hear of Joann's passing. You have our sympathy. She will be missed. May God bless all of you.”
- Byron and Mary Jo Hartwig
Monday, December 18, 2017 at 10:39 AM
“Thoughts and prayers for the entire family and hopes for comfort.”
- Troy & Heidi Howard
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 3:18 PM
“Dear Farley Family,
We extend to you our sincere and heart-felt sympathy on the loss of your wife, mother and grandmother. Joann always emphasized the positive and her natural talents and skills were to be admired. She knew her limitations but was quick to do what she could in any given situation. She walked in confidence that Jesus was not only in her but with her. Let that be a comfort to all of you at this time. She was a wonderful friend and neighbor and we rejoice in having known her for so many years.
Sympathy, Love and Prayers to you all. Mike and Sherry”
- Mike and Sherry Hittle
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 3:18 PM
“Our sincere condolences to Leroy and all the family in your loss.”
- Dennis and Angela Goodman
Saturday, December 16, 2017 at 3:18 PM
“Couldn't ask for a better friend ,coworker heaven has gained a beautiful angel she will be so missed our heartfelt sympathy to Leroy and his family”
- Richard and Sherry thies
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