Joan Ruth (Pelton) Haskins


Birth: December 17th, 1934
Death: October 15th, 2016
Age: 81 years
Residence:South Lyon

Joan Ruth (Pelton) Haskins, 81, passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Blossom Hill Home, in South Lyon, Michigan after a long journey with Alzheimer’s disease. Joan was born on December 17, 1934 in Bentley, Michigan to Frank and Ruth (McGrady) Pelton.

 

As the fifth of six children, Joan had a memorable rural childhood. She was a spirited, sportsloving tomboy who was never happier than walking in the woods, swimming, fishing or playing with her beloved cats, dogs and monkeys – yes, monkeys. Joan graduated from Standish High School in 1951, playing basketball and softball. She attended Central Michigan University where she was a member of the Pi Kappa Sigma sorority, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. In August 1956, Joan married Jack D. Haskins of Midland, Michigan. Married 18 years, Joan and Jack had four children together, Deborah, Julie, Richard and Cynthia. Joan began her career as a fourth grade teacher in Ithaca, Michigan in 1956, eventually moving to Windover Elementary School in Midland as a fifth grade teacher. While her children were young, Joan completed her Master of Arts graduate degree from Central Michigan University. For six years, Joan was also a volunteer counselor at Midland-Gladwin Mental Health Center with the Crisis Intervention Program, Volunteer Friendship Program and Cambrian House Substance Abuse Center, where she donated countless hours. In 1976, Joan began a new career as a Realtor with Century 21 Killingbeck, where she was rapidly promoted to Sales Manager and Appraiser. After several years in the field, she opened Centennial Realty with her business partner. In 1981, she founded another business, Haskins Real Estate Training, providing a concentrated real estate pre-licensure course. Joan loved playing the piano, restoring antiques, swimming and bird-watching. She was a wonderful cook and continually collected recipes she stored in overflowing binders. Joan was happiest at the family cottage on Secord Lake where she spent many delightful years. She will be remembered for her wit, her love of books-- particularly all things Erma Bombeck--and her kind heart for people and animals. She taught her family to revere nature and that education is the road to success. Always supportive, Joan was the mother to whom her children’s friends gravitated. She was very proud of her children’s accomplishments and was their best cheerleader. Her grandchildren were one of the greatest joys of her life; a visit to Grandma Jo’s house always involved playing dress-up, singing, dancing and sweet treats. Her grandchildren adored her. Fall was her favorite season in Michigan and Halloween was her favorite holiday. Joan insisted on being in costume until into her 80’s. Although she will be dearly and always missed, there is great comfort that she is now strolling through the autumn trees, whole again with her cherished companion kitty Shawna.

 

She is survived by daughters Deborah (Steven) Zuccarini, Julie (Jeff) White, Cynthia (Phillip) Lowery, son Richard Haskins (Mindy) and 10 grandchildren, Melody, Becca, Luke and Lydia Lowery; R.J. and Sarah Jane Haskins; Christopher and Marisa White; Shawna (Steven) Zsinko and Ken Zuccarini (Kristin); and three great-grandchildren Cameron Bryant, Colt and Kyle Zsinko. She is also survived by sister Mary Jane Ford (William), sister Dorothy Leslie, brothers William and Robert Pelton and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Joan was predeceased by her former husband, Jack Haskins, father and mother, Frank and Ruth Pelton, sister Phyllis Bussell and infant grandson, Joel Lowery.

 

Joan’s family wishes to thank Vicky Boboc and her devoted caregivers at Blossom Hill Home and Corpore Sano Home Health Care and Hospice for their kindness and compassion. Following Joan’s wishes, cremation has taken place.

 

The family invites you to join in celebrating Joan’s life at an Open House in the Tittabawassee Room, Holiday Inn Midland on Sunday, October 23, 2016 from 11 am to 3 pm. We will be sharing stories and remembrances about Joan’s life at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer’s Association would be greatly appreciated.



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