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Joann Elaine McElfresh

Jan. 18, 1934 - Dec. 4, 2020

Sutton, NE resident Joann Elaine McElfresh, 86, passed away Friday, December 4, 2020, at the Sutton Community Home in Sutton, NE.

Joann's wish was to be cremated and due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, a celebration of life will be held outside this spring.

Memorial contributions in her honor may be directed to the Sutton Federated Church and sent to 202 N. Glen, Sutton, NE 68979.

Joann Elaine McElfresh was born on January 18th, 1934, in Smith County, KS to Henry and Viola (Shipley) Franklin. She graduated from Lebanon High School. She met Donald McElfresh in the first grade. He would later become her high school sweetheart and husband of 67 years. They were married on July 4, 1953. Don and Joann had three children; Ronald, Mary Sue, and Scott. They raised their children in Sutton, NE. Don and Joann owned and operated three retail businesses in Kansas and Nebraska. They enjoyed their customers and contributed to the growing community.
When grandchildren started arriving, Joann was delighted. She decided to open a daycare where she raised her four grandchildren along with many other children from Sutton for ten years. She was a member of the Sutton Federated Church, Women’s Fellowship, and Fox Hollow Golf Course. She enjoyed golfing, fishing, gardening, attending horse shows, square dancing, and sewing. She was on the bowling league and an avid bridge player for many years. Most of all, she enjoyed following all her grandchildren’s events and cooking family meals for them; especially homemade Runzas and fried fish.
She was deeply loved and will be forever missed. She is survived by her husband, Don; two children, Ron (Kim) McElfresh and Sue (Allen) Geiser; four grandchildren, Megan (Douglas) Ahrens; Jeremy (Nancy Berg) Hultman; Matthew (Paige Pavlik) McElfresh; and Justin (Elizabeth) Hultman; two great-grandsons, Jameson Hultman and Hudson Ahrens.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Jim and Bill Franklin; and her son, Scott.


Dec. 11, 2020
Bill and Carolyn Kassebaum

Don and family - So sorry for your loss. We have many great memories of times spent with you and your wonderful family. Joan - rest in peace.

Dec. 10, 2020
Julie Zimmerman

Dear Mary, I extend my Sympathy..I did not know , your Dear Mother has departed this Earth..God be with You and Your Family
Through Out the Holidays...Bless You..Peace and Joy
Julie ( Snell) Zimmerman

Dec. 9, 2020
Dean and LuDella Yost

Joann was a great person, loved being part of her care. Deepest sympathy. Prayers!

Dec. 9, 2020
George Syring
Family friend

I'm so sorry to hear of Joanne passing. She was a very nice, friendly lady that I'm glad was
a part of my growing up. My condolences to Don, Ron, and Mary Sue.

Dec. 8, 2020
Carol Franklin Fagan
First Cousin

Joann has always been one of my favorite people. Don, too! Joann's zest for life, love, and fun made visiting with her very uplifting. My sister Joyce and I always enjoyed visiting with her at Verda Franklin's home whenever we were all in S.C. for alumni weekend. She will always be remembered with the greatest affection for what she brought to the Franklin side of the family. My condolences to Don & family. Praying for peace and comfort for all of you.

Dec. 8, 2020
Darrrll and Marlene Hinrichs

We are so sorry to hear of Joanne’s passing. We met her through her daughter, Mary and son-in-law, Al and always enjoyed her at the back yard parties and other summer events. May the many memories of your wonderful mother help you through this sad time, Mary. Much love

Dec. 8, 2020
Mark and Rita Czaplewski
Neighbor to Mary and Al

Our sympathies.

Dec. 6, 2020
Ione Shipley --- Esbon, KS.

Don --- Mary & family --- Ron & family.
I was so sorry to hear of Joanne passing. Many years ago when I married into the family relation, we were all close friends. We did many fishing trips to local ponds with each of us carrying babies in baskets. I will remember her as lots of fun! May she rest in her Lords arms as she is at Peace. My Love & Prayers be with all of you.

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