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Joan Beckett Jacobs

October 6, 2018
Joan Beckett Jacobs
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Obituary for Joan Beckett Jacobs

The unseen spirit of Joan Beckett Jacobs departed this place on Oct 6, 2018. She was born in Sioux City, Iowa to Robert and Alberta (Pierce) Beckett in 1928. She is survived by her children and her husband Russell, whom she married in 1951. Joan was educated at East High and Morningside College, the University of Iowa, and Northwest Medical Institute. Joan was employed at hospitals in Sioux City and Alexandria Virginia.
Joan and Russell made their home in Ames, Iowa for many years, where Joan became mother to daughter Jean and son John. She was employed as a research technician in Animal Science at Iowa State University. She was a gifted musician, having played bassoon in the Sioux City and Omaha Symphony orchestras while still in high school. She played the 12 string guitar and also sang in the church choir and other vocal groups in Ames.
At the urging of her mother, Joan searched her family tree and discovered she was eligible to become a Daughter of the American Revolution. She served two terms as regent of the Ames chapter of DAR and also two terms as Regent of the Estudillo Chapter in Hemet CA. She also became a member of the Colonial Dames of the 17th Century, and a life member of the Roger Williams Family Association. She has been a devoted member of the United Church of Christ in Iowa, Texas and California. Surviving daughter Jean (Larry) Bremer of Ames gifted Joan with two wonderful grandchildren, Joshua August and Justine Nichole (Jonathan) Wildeboer , and, through Justine, a beautiful great granddaughter, Lucy Ann, the light of Joan’s last days. Surviving son John, now of Los Angeles, gave her three equally wonderful grandchildren, Zoe Claire, Hannah Elizabeth and Cole Beckett. A Celebration of Life Service will be planned for a future date.


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