Mrs. Joan Evans Sturgill, age 77, of Morehead, Kentucky, passed away, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at St. Claire Healthcare in Morehead, Kentucky.
She was born November 23, 1943, in New Castle, Indiana, a daughter of the late Nelson and Katherine Lee Johnson Evans.
After graduating from Olive Hill High School she began working in the cafeteria at MSU then onto Cowdens Sewing Factory then onto St. Claire Hospital as a nursing assistant, primarily in the newborn nursery. She loved caring for the new babies and their mothers. She then entered retail as the owner of Best Chance Liquor Store. When the bypass took the business property she then became the babysitter to Andrew and Justin, The Clicks were family to her. When the boys entered school she became a housekeeper to many families. She also returned to retail part time, working for The Barnettes at their pharmacies.
She developed a special friendship with Melody Barnette, Joan so loved her and their buying trips for the pharmacies, traveling to Atlanta was her favorite.
Joan was married to Joe Sturgill for 25 years. They loved to spend their weekends and vacations boating and camping. They made many friends along the way. All of the family had so many great times joining them, especially on the houseboat.
Joan was a great mother, friend, babysitter, housekeeper and caregiver to her own and many other families. In 2015 when arthritis took her body and she needed care this was reciprocated. Jackie and JoAnn and their families became her 24/7 caregivers along with her one and only sister Susie. They were not only sisters but the best of friends. She always looked forward to their days together, they talked for hours. They loved each other so. Joan and the family were blessed with 2 wonderful caregivers Angie Sloan and Leigh Ann Adams. She loved them both. The love and compassion these special ladies provided her is unmeasurable, We are forever very grateful for them.
Joan loved all of her brothers so much, being the second of seven and the only girl for sixteen years, they all cared and always looked out for each other.
Becoming a grandmother, Nanny, as Justin called her brought her so much joy and she loved him more than anything.
Andrew was family to her, she loved him as her own grandson. His visits and call always made her day.
Joan loved all of her nieces and nephews all the way to the great, great ones. She was especially close to the babies, Susan and Becky Joan. A call and catch up from Becky Joan always brought a smile to her face and made her day. Susan has been her go to confidant and kept her caught up on all of the family happenings. They have texted for hours through the years. Joan loved all unconditionally, this unconditional love is everything.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Gerald Eugene Evans and Daniel “Dan” Evans; two sisters-in-law, Bessie Boggs Eavns and Kay Evans; and one nephew, Brian Evans.
Joan is survived by two daughters, Jacqueline Jackson (Lee) and JoAnn Sturgill (Darrell), all of Morehead, Kentucky; one grandson, Justin Lee Jackson; three brothers, Larry “Bo” Evans (Shirley) of Mansfield, Ohio, Grady Evans and Mike Evans (Gay), all of Olive Hill, Kentucky; and one sister, Susie Fultz (Brent) of Olive Hill, Kentucky. She also leaves many other family members and friends who will sadly miss her.
Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Sunday, March 14, 2021, at Globe Funeral Chapel in Olive Hill, Kentucky, with Brother Clyde Holbrook officiating. Burial will follow in the Bowen Chapel Cemetery in Olive Hill, Kentucky.
Friends may visit from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 13, 2021, and after 9 a.m. on Sunday at Globe Funeral Chapel, 17277 West Highway US 60, Olive Hill, Kentucky 41164.
Justin Jackson, Andrew Click, Brent Fultz, Dave Smith, Brady Evans, and Jodie Bradley will serve as pallbearers. Bo Evans, Grady Evans, Mike Evans and her nieces and nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.globefc.com.