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Beatty Funeral Home Washington
Saturday March 23rd, 2019
4:00pm - 6:00pm

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Faith Baptist Church
Sunday March 24th, 2019

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Joanne Colson

Joanne Goode Colson, 86 of Washington, died Monday, March 18, 2019 at the Washington County Hospital. Funeral Services have been set for 2:00PM Sunday, March 24, 2019 at Faith Baptist Church. Burial will follow at the Elm Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be 4-6:00PM Saturday, March 23, 2019 at the Beatty Funeral Home.

Joanne Goode Colson was born May 18, 1932 in Des Moines, Iowa as the only child of Dossee and Blanche (Jones) Goode.  A 1950 graduate from Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa, she graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Illinois, in 1952 with a major in Christian Education.

After Moody, she returned to Des Moines where she worked at Banker’s Life, and was Secretary and Christian Education Director at First Federated Church.

It was there that she was reintroduced to a Moody acquaintance, the young pastor of the new Baptist church in Adel, Iowa, the Reverend Elwin W. Colson.  Joanne and Elwin were married August 26, 1955 at First Federated Church.  They moved to the Chicago area as Elwin studied at Northern Baptist Seminary.  Joanne was employed in the Christian Education Department at Scripture Press in Wheaton, Illinois.  She served nationally as a Christian Education consultant throughout her life.

Joanne was a dedicated pastor’s wife.  They served churches in Illinois, Michigan, New York, and Kansas.  She was passionate about children’s christian education, leading Sunday school, children’s church, and vacation Bible school.  She treasured singing alto in church trios.

They moved to Washington, Iowa in 1990 when Elwin became Chaplain of Mount Pleasant Correctional Center and the Medical & Classification Center in Oakdale.  Joanne worked at Washington Chamber of Commerce and ResCare Community Services.  She enjoyed volunteering from 2010 – 2016 at the Washington Hospital Gift Shop.  She continued to serve at Faith Baptist Church in Washington and was an enthusiastic competitor in their Fantasy Football League, winning the league championship at 85 years of age.  Her husband, Elwin preceded her to Heaven on November 21, 2012.

Joanne is remembered by all for her joyful spirit, lively laughter, and gracious hospitality, loving nothing more than feeding a crowd and serving others.  She never missed an opportunity to share her faith.

She is survived by her son Randall Elwin Colson (wife Valerie) of Dallas, Texas; daughters the Reverend René Colson Hudson (husband Gordon) of Deer Isle, Maine and Moorestown, New Jersey, and Rachelle Colson LaMaster (husband Stephen) of Cambridge, Massachusetts; seven grandchildren, Catherine Emma and Christopher Elwin Colson; Sophie Blanche, Anwen Grace and Hallie Claire Hudson, Magdalyn René and Ada Grace LaMaster.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be contributed to Faith Baptist Church at 1220 W. Madison Street, Washington, Iowa  52353.

Joanne’s greatest joy was knowing the Lord from childhood and in serving the Lord throughout her life.

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Rene, Rachelle, Gordon, Steve, and all the girls, we extend our hearts as you celebrate Joanne's life and move through this time. Joanne and Elwin extended grace and love to me and made me feel as welcome as family. They were both very special people. Their love and dedication to family was constant. Sending thoughts of peace and joy.Karen, Craig, and Abby.

Karen Atwell Mar 24 2019 12:00 AM

Eric and I extend our sympathies, love and prayers for God's grace and comfort during this time. We so appreciated Joanne and Elwin's ministry when they were at Bethel Baptist in Amherst, NY, while we were there. Their joy in serving the Lord and loving people were so evident. And Joanne continued to stay in touch with us after Elwin passed away. She was such an encourager and blessed each one she came into contact with. Praying God's peace, comfort and joy in treasured memories. Blessings to each of you, Marion and Eric Stolte

Marion & Eric Stolte Mar 24 2019 12:00 AM

I extend sincere condolences to you Rene, Gorden and all the Colson Family in the dear loss of your Mother, Joanne. By chance I saw the info on Facebook, as I was just released from the hospital after 9 days.Deepest condolences,Sherman

Sherman L. Greene, III Mar 23 2019 12:00 AM

Elwin and Joanne were wonderful friends and mentors during our time in Washington. I still remember making Swedish potato sausage with them! Wonderful memories! Rejoicing that she is celebrating and singing praises with Elwin in Heaven!!

Larry and Diane Kittle Mar 23 2019 12:00 AM

Condolences from the Farm in Twinsburg, Ohio. Love, Kris Schmidt, Tom Schmidt, Claire and Richard Jones, David and Char Clark. (Valerie's Aunts and Uncles)

Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM

Joanne always had a great big smile that would light up the room and make us smile too! She treated us like one of her own. We'll miss her so very much, but we know that she's once again having a great time with her dear Elwin.

Steve and Becca Barjonah Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM

She was our dear friend, favored front porch companion, and joyful encourager. Our memories with Joanne and Elwin are many and sweet. May our Lord speak words of comfort and peace to your hearts in the coming days. We regret we can not be there to help you celebrate her life.With love to you all,Bob and Jean Shellmyer

Jean Shellmyer Mar 22 2019 12:00 AM

Love to the family as you celebrate the life of Joanne. May you find solace in the memories you hold in your heart. Love, Tim, Jen, Hanna, Luke & Ben

Mar 21 2019 12:00 AM

From the Jack Bradford family. To keep you all going. Wish we could be there with you...

Mar 21 2019 12:00 AM

From all of the Jack Bradford family with deep love and big hugs.

Mar 21 2019 12:00 AM

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