Joan DeRosear, 88, of Memphis died Sunday, March 31, 2019 at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis.
She was born Kathryn Joan Fetters, the daughter of John & Mary Cecelia (Delaney) Fetters on December 22, 1930 in Ft. Madison, Iowa.
Joan married Dwight A. DeRosear on August 8, 1952 in St. Mary’s Church in Adair, MO. He survives.
She worked at the Leach Hatchery, Hendrick’s Drug Store, in the office of Judge Richard E. Webber, Jackie’s Auto Sales and was the Scotland County Collector for 16 years.
Joan was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church in Memphis and the Ladies Guild there, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis, the Baring Country Club and the Scotland County Democratic Party.
Joan loved her family, and found no greater joy than when all of her children were home. She was most happy when her family and friends were gathered around her table enjoying a cup of coffee (or a cocktail!).
She was a fantastic cook – especially known for her cinnamon rolls which she wasn’t ever sure were quite good enough. Joan was renowned for her homemade noodles, whether from her kitchen or the ones she made with the Ladies Guild of St. John’s. She enjoyed church activities with her parish family.
Joan was an avid bridge player and lover of the sun and being outdoors. She was an active supporter of many Catholic Charities and often gave anonymously to people in need.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mayme Fetters; in laws: Fred and Mable DeRosear; her grandson, Joel DeRosear; sisters and brothers-in-law: Mary and Jess Rockhold, Lois and Bob Ross, Ellen and Ted Gundy, and Dean and Margie DeRosear.
She is survived by her husband, Dwight, of the home; children: Bridget (Dr. Robert) Megna of Forney, TX, Eric (Walla) DeRosear of Baring, MO, Ann (David) Gray of Kirksville, Denise (George) Kramer of Forney, TX, David (Melody) DeRosear of Belton, MO, and Gretchen (Tim) Melvin of Quincy, IL; sisters, Elizabeth Fetters (Irene Kazwara) and Mildred (Ron) Klem, all of Memphis; a brother, John (Marilyn) Fetters of Kahoka; grandchildren: Seth Thomas, John Megna, Blake DeRosear, and Colin, Jonathan and Landon Melvin; great-grandchildren Miles and Madelyn Thomas; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends – including a special friend, Linda Bell and her family.