Joanne Louise (Lucas) McKay, 78, went to stay with our Lord and Savior on July 3, 2022 after her lengthy battle with quite a few diseases. She handed at Polaris Hospice in Milford, Delaware, as she lived her life, along with her loving husband by her aspect.

Born in Trevorton, PA, in 1944, she was the second oldest of 4 daughters and 1 son of the late Neva (Lengthy) and James Lucas.

Upon commencement from Trevorton Excessive College, Joanne moved to Washington, DC to start her lengthy profession as a secretary. She labored for the Federal authorities in varied stations, together with the Pentagon, between 1962 and 1970. She was keen on telling individuals of her experiences residing historical past throughout that point.

In 1970, she met and married the love of her life, Bob McKay, and moved to Boonton, NJ. Throughout the 16 years they spent in Boonton, she and Bob celebrated the births of two daughters, Kris and Betsy, and made many lifelong mates. Joanne put secretarial work on maintain whereas their youngsters had been younger however took in work from home as a seamstress. As soon as her daughters had been sufficiently old, Joanne resumed her secretarial profession working at Treadways Trucking and later as a authorized secretary.

In 1986, the household moved to Muncy, PA and have become proprietors of McKay’s {Hardware}. Bob and Joanne labored aspect by aspect by way of good occasions and dangerous for the 13+ years the shop was in enterprise. When the unique 150-year-old retailer burnt down in 1993, they had been unwavering of their need to rebuild and proceed to help their group.

In 2012, Bob and Joanne retired to Frederica, DE to be nearer to their youngsters and granddaughters.

Joanne had an unfailing religion in God and Jesus which carried her by way of the numerous trials of life. She cherished household and had a large open and accepting coronary heart that made her the “second” mother, affectionately known as “Joey” or “Mama McKay” of all of her daughters’ mates. Joanne cherished animals, puzzles and studying. She realized to stitch, knit and crochet from her mom as a baby, as she taught her daughters and granddaughters. A real textile artist, Joanne made, not solely her personal wedding ceremony costume, but additionally that of her daughter, Kris, and quite a few bridesmaid clothes, flower woman clothes, promenade clothes and different males’s and girls’s garments. She knitted and crocheted numerous sweaters and afghans all through her life and, throughout Covid, a whole menagerie of animals “to maintain her arms and fingers busy and nimble”. Her capacity to create masterpieces with textiles was as giant as her coronary heart.

Joanne had a wonderful smile that was by no means confined to her face. When Joanne smiled, when she laughed, it was infectious. It’s mentioned that some individuals have a “smile to gentle up a room”. Joanne’s smile and her chuckle might gentle up a metropolis block. She cherished to chuckle. She cherished to unfold cheer and pleasure. One of many phrases Joanne raised her ladies with was “To realize respect, you will need to give respect.” She gained respect from all who knew her. She drank her occasional top-shelf bourbon straight up, which some stereotyped because the drink of a “arduous girl”…. however not Joanne. She was a woman of pure class and easy grace. She took that straight up bourbon and held it, and herself, in such a method that the bourbon was jealous!

Surviving to hold on her reminiscence are her husband, Bob; two daughters and sons in regulation Kris (Bob) Langer of Mechanicsburg, PA and Betsy (Shawn) Lanouette of Lewes DE; 3 granddaughters Caitlyn, Paige and Lila; 3 grand canines Tonka, Tillman and Maggie; sisters Linda (Rudy) Moyer of Muncy, PA, Janey (Everett) Horton of Mt Juliet, TN, Becky (Wayne) Pratt of Wake Forest, NC; brother Jim (Pam) Lucas of Graham, NC; sisters-in-law Arlene Orlando of Whippany, NJ and Shirley McKay of Lengthy Valley, NJ; numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a mess of mates who will all miss her. Along with her dad and mom, she was predeceased in demise by mother-in-law Frances “Vi” McKay, father-in-law Earl McKay and brothers-in-law Invoice McKay and Jerry Orlando.

A celebration of life will likely be held after cremation on August 20, 2022 at 11:00 AM at Avenue United Methodist Church, 20 Church Road, Milford, DE. Refreshments to be held at 12:00 following the service.

Donations in Joanne’s identify might be made to your native home of worship or native animal shelter.

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