SIKESTON -- Mrs. JoAnn Cravens passed peacefully to a better place on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012.
JoAnn was born March 12, 1925, to John Willard Proffer and Willa Lois (Lessley) Proffer in her grandparents' home in Gravel Hill. Her early formative years and experiences were shaped by running that small Southeast Missouri community's fields and woods and being an ever mischievous presence in her grandfather's country store. Schooled in Cape Girardeau during the Great Depression, she acquired a modest thriftiness that served her well her entire life. She played woman's softball with the River City Moons, tennis in Hawaii, snow skied the Sierras and swam competitively long before women in sports became the norm.
Her marriage to Joseph Monroe Cravens Jr. of Sikeston during World War II and his resulting Air Force pilot career brought her a life of travel and awareness of the world. JoAnn was well read, an empathic moderate on social issues, nonjudgmental and politically astute on local and national issues. She resided in Sikeston after her loss of Joseph in 1976, volunteering for two decades at Missouri Delta Hospital and practicing her faith at First United Methodist Church. The last several years she was a resident and family member of Cape's Lutheran Home. Her children offer special thanks for the compassionate, attentive care provided her by the Assisted Living West staff at The Lutheran Home.
JoAnn is survived by her brother and his wife, Bob and Leona Proffer of Cape Girardeau; two children, a son and his wife, Michael and Linda Cravens of Sikeston; and daughter and her husband, Annette and Jeff Marler of Eolia; three grandchildren and spouses, Chris and Darcie Cravens of Girdwood, Alaska, Kelly (Cravens) and Norm McDonald of Palmer, Alaska, and Tim Hackmeyer of Denver; and one great-granddaughter: Alexa McDonald.
Jan. 18, 2012, funeral arrangements will be provided by Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston, with family viewing at 12:30 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Geoff Posegate officiating.
Burial will immediately follow at Sikeston City Cemetery, next to her Joseph Monroe.
Online condolences may be sent at www.ponderfuneralhome.com.