Joan Ilene Staley

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MIDDLETON–Joan Ilene Staley, 85, of Middleton, formerly of Alexis and North Henderson, IL passed away May 19, 2019 in Middleton. She was born April 19, 1934 in Monmouth, IL the daughter of John Ranald and Helen Madge (Brown) Armstrong. When Joan was 5 her birth mother died and she was raised by her step-mother, Mary Francis Law Armstrong. Joan graduated from Alexis High School in 1952 and from the Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing in 1955.

Joan married Louis Dean Staley in Moline on September 27, 1955 and he passed on August 10, 2007.

She was a member of the Colonial Baptist Church in Galesburg, IL, and most recently Gateway Community Church in Middleton. She loved children and always enjoyed teaching Sunday School throughout her life. She was committed to supporting mission work around the world.

She is survived by her four children, Wanda (Craig) Steinke of West Port, CT, Karen (Yale) Leftwich of Powhatan, VA, Michael (Lupe) Staley of Valley Center, CA, and Pamela (Dennis) Ace of Middleton; 16 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, sister Marilyn (Tony) Mitchell of Scottsdale, AZ;  many nieces and nephews.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, husband and twin sisters (Virginia Fae Armstrong and Donna Mae Rohr). 

She was a devoted mother, dedicated nurse and had a lifelong love of music; sharing talents as a pianist, organist, adult and youth choir directors.

Funeral services will be May 25, 2019, 11 a.m. at Wise Family–Hoover Hall Funeral Home in Alexis, IL. Visitation will be one-hour prior at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Alexis Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation at P.O. Box 3008 Princeton, New Jersey, 08543. Please sign the online guestbook at

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