Iris Joan Shadd, of Waldron, Arkansas went to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday July 10, 2023 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She fought the good fight, she finished the race and she kept the faith. Joan was born August 4, 1934 to Otto and Merle (Newson) Cox in Corcoran, California. She was the middle of nine children and was full of life and brought life to wherever she happened to be.
Joan lived her life as a caring and devoted Baptist woman and mother. She loved her faith as evident in her involvement in Haw Creek Baptist Church as a church volunteer. Joan was a member and president of the Waldron Garden Club, a member of the Business Club and the Arkansas Extension Homemaker Council Good Neighbor Eh Club. Joan lived a long and wonderful life doing things she loved. She was a florist, artist, cake decorator and caterer. Joan lived with conviction to her values, with love, charity and hope. She gave her love freely and anyone who knew her knew of her love of flowers and was surrounded always by a beautiful garden. Joan forged lasting and deep relationships with friends throughout her life; childhood friends and church friends.
Joan leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband of 72 years, Lee Virgil Shadd of the home. Her daughter LeeAnn Brannon and husband Donald of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. Her son Scott Alan Shadd of Waldron, Arkansas. Grandma will be missed by her two grandchildren; Sierra Kendall and husband Tyler of Dallas, Oregon and Dawson Shadd of Portland, Oregon; as well as three great grandchildren: Ascher Kendall, Gavin Kendall and Caden Kendall and her two grand-dogs, Maddie and April Ann.
Joan was preceded in death by two sons: Russell Shadd and Robert Shadd; her parents, Merle and Otto Cox; two sisters and three brothers: Ruth Fox, Oleta Pharr, Glen Cox, Neal Cox and Jamie Cox.
Joan's life celebration will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2023 at the Haw Creek Baptist Church in Waldron, Arkansas with Rev. Jack Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Pearson Cemetery in Waldron, Arkansas. Arrangements are being entrusted to the Heritage Memorial Funeral Home in Waldron, Arkansas.
Honorary pallbearer will be Mike Stringer.
Joan's visitation will be Friday, July 14, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Haw Creek Baptist Church prior to Joan's life celebration.
We will miss Joan deeply but know that she is living within the promises of eternal life with Our Lord Jesus Christ. Please hug your loved ones in her memory.