A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Metropolis Memorial Gardens.
Born Sept. 12, 1929 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of the late Charles and Lula Elliott, Joan was raised in Ohio and graduated with the Walnut Hills High School Class of 1947. She went on to attend the University of Cincinnati, where she received a bachelor of science degree, and Murray State University, where she received a master of arts degree.
She did her post-graduate work at Southern Illinois University, completing all but her PhD thesis.
Upon her marriage, she moved to Metropolis, where she resided for 40 years. Upon retiring, she moved to Laurel, Del.
She spent six years teaching fourth, fifth and sixth grade, then went on to teach art for 20 years at Metropolis Junior High School and Middle School.
Joan enjoyed substitute teachers work for the Paducah branch of the University of Kentucky and Shawnee Community College in Ullin, as well as substitute teaching on the Eastern Shore where she had lived for the past 18 years.
Her teaching also included the Summer Arts Program at Saints Pedro y Pablo Episcopal School in Guatemala and a supervisor for student teachers for Southern Illinois University.
She was also a frequent presenter at the teacher annual meetings, sponsored by several county educational superintendents.
Her community associations included working with various philanthropic societies, the Collegiate Social Sorority Delta Delta Delta at the University of Cincinnati and the Zeta Chapter and the Kappa Delta Pi, executive council, Zeta Chapter at the University of Cincinnati.
Joan has been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 1958, serving twice as local Regent in Illinois and once with the Seaford, Del. chapter; a life member of the National Education Association, Illinois Education Association and the Massac County Association; lifelong member of the Methodist church and currently a member of St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Delmar; charter member of Metropolis Garden Club; a prize winner in flower arranging competitions; and a member of the New Century Club and the Red Hat Society.
She also enjoyed acting as hostess at the Christian Kitchen lunches at St. Stephens Methodist Church.
She will be remembered for her passion for the arts and geneology; her zest for life; her love of God, country and family; and courage in her ongoing health struggles.
She was particularly proud of her grandsons, James and Brett, for their military service in the Iraq war. She loved the Eastern Shore where her parents and families were born and raised.
She is survived by a daughter, Diane E. Litchford and husband Wayne of Delmar; two sons, Charles R. Dunn and wife Lisa of Huntington Beach, Calif. and Christopher E. Dunn and wife Carol of Simpsonville, S.C.; 10 grandchildren, James Lewis, Brett Lewis, Scott Dunn, Ryan Dunn, Paul Dunn, Olivia Dunn, Natalie Dunn, E. Brooke Benhamou and husband Fabien, Stephen Litchford and wife Dawn and Allyson Grinnan and husband David; and two great- grandchildren, Grace Grinnan and Madelyn Grinnan.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Charles W. Dunn.
Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. at Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home on Sunday.
Memorials may be made to St. Stephens United Methodist Church, 101 E. State St., Delmar, DE 19940.