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Joan Sharkey

Joan M. Sharkey (Stacker)

Friday, January 10th, 1936 - Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
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Obituary

Joan Marie Sharkey, 83, of Independence, MO passed suddenly Tuesday, October 8, 2019 while enjoying camping with friends at Watkins Mill State Park. A visitation will be held from 5-7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, at the Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th St., Independence, MO 64055. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 14, at the chapel. Burial to follow at Mound Grove Cemetery. Joan was born on January 10, 1936 to Ralph and Rubye Stacker in Beach, North Dakota. The youngest of two children. Her family moved to Dunn Center where she started attending the RLDS church and developed strong church roots and the foundation for her devout religious beliefs. In 1942, family moved to Halliday, ND and resided in Halliday, N.D. for many where Joan graduated from high school in 1954. She then went to Graceland College, Lamoni, Iowa and graduated with a two year degree in elementary education. Joan and a long-time friend, both majoring in elementary education went to Froid, MT for the next two years to teach. After two years of teaching in Froid, Joan decided to go back to college and get her Bachelor's degree. She decided to change her curriculum and majored in Physical Education. Joan had always loved sports and believed this would be a perfect fit for her. Joan started attending college at Central Missouri State College, later becoming a university. She graduated here with a Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education. In 1959, Joan met the love of her life, Harold. They dated and became engaged on Christmas Eve in 1959 at her parents home in Independence, MO. Joan and Harold married June 4, 1960. Joan had her first child Scott Edward in 1962, Karmen Marie in 1965, and finally in 1966 Kimberly Joan making the family complete. Joan’s teaching career spanned for over thirty-five years later retiring from the Independence School District. Joan was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She was always there for her children, grandchildren, family and friends. She will be missed dearly by all of those who were blessed enough to have a chance to know her. Joan is preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Rubye Stacker, and her son Scott Edward Sharkey. Joan will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 59 years, Harold, and her daughters, Karmen, Kimberly, four grandchildren Sydney, Harrison, Brandon, Grant Sharkey, nieces, and her brother Donald Stacker. Online condolences and memories maybe left for the family at www.speakschapel.com (Arrangements: Speaks Suburban Chapel 816-373-3600)
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 13th, 2019 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    When
    Sunday, October 13th, 2019 5:00pm - 7:00pm
    Location
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    Address
    18020 E. 39th St.
    INDEPENDENCE, MO 64055
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  • Service

    Monday, October 14th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Monday, October 14th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    Speaks Suburban Chapel
    Address
    18020 E. 39th St.
    INDEPENDENCE, MO 64055
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Location
    Mound Grove Cemetery
    Address
    1818 North River Boulevard
    INDEPENDENCE, MO 64050
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jerry w. norby

Posted at 04:32am
I meet Joan somewhere back in the 1970's. Then later on in 1985 at the Lake. then one day had dinner at her house with the family. Took nearly 30 plus years to understand her kindness towards me. Well long story short, her family the Stacker, lived in North Dakota, my mother Wanda King was a family friend. It was always nice to see Joan and Harold through the yrs, Had dinner with them at the North Dakota, Montana get together this summer. Joan always had a hug for me. 70 plus years of inter action Condolence to the family. Jerry norby
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Melody McCurdy

Posted at 03:21pm
I became friends with Joan through a mutual friend, Marilyn Potts. I loved seeing her when Marilyn and I would go to Missouri. When Marilyn passed away in August 2017 Joan gave me a book called “Tear Soup” which is a great book on grief. Joan and I have talked and talked since then (her in Missouri and me in Texas) and we would usually end up laughing about something. We’ve shared many memories of our friend, Marilyn, and I believe we helped each other in our grieving. My life has been blessed by knowing her and I will miss her terribly!
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Dana Shelton

Posted at 06:17pm
Growing up, I always loved our family dinner get togethers because I thought it was so cool that your mom made homemade pizza! She was a wonderful woman and will be missed by many. Peace be with you all and my prayers are with you as well.
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