Joan Elizabeth Shank, 89 of Washington, died Friday, September 25, 2015 at her home. There will be a time of gathering for friends and family on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 12:30PM at the Bethel Mennonite Church, 3185 Wayland Road, Wayland, Iowa. Beatty-Peterseim Funeral Home in Washington is assisting with arrangements.
Joan was born May 7, 1926 in Winthrop, IA the daughter of John L. And Grayce Elizabeth (Skinner) Briggs. She married Dale Shank and was later divorced.
She worked as a civil servant for the federal government until her retirement in 1988. She was a member of the Congregational Church at Winthrop, Iowa and the Democratic Party and enjoyed crocheting, quilting, sewing and writing letters to newpapers.
Survivors include her son Scott Shank (Jane) of Washington, two granddaughters: Kelly Shank of Missoula, Montana, and Kimberly (Erik) Gibson of Houston, Texas and sister Jeanette Bush of Cedar Rapids.
She was preceded in death by her parents, son Randy, sister Bonnie, and brothers Bob, Allen and Stuart Briggs.