Joan Kilcrease Bordeaux, 85 of Monticello, passed away on Saturday, June 9, 2018.
She was born on March 20, 1933, in Hartman, Arkansas to the late John and Ola Clark Kilcrease.
Joan graduated from Desha Central and grew up in Rohwer and McGehee. As a young woman, her dream of going to college to be a teacher was never fulfilled, but she worked a variety of jobs after starting out at the “dime store” in McGehee. She and her late husband Cecil traveled and lived throughout the southern and southeastern states of the country when he worked for Pomeroy and McGeown. After she and Cecil settled in Monticello, Joan was employed as a beautician at Sue’s Beauty Shop on the square. She also worked for Pomeroy and McGeown, Union Bank, and retired from Burlington industries after 25-plus years.
Joan had a special love for Enon Baptist Church and the Enon community. She served as church secretary, Sunday school teacher, member of finance committee, nominating committee and participated in the many other church activities. If the door was open, Joan was there. Joan was also on the Enon Water Board and the Enon Community Center Board.
Among her interests were working with the Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Enon Extension Homemakers, the Drew County Democratic Committee, and working at the polls during elections. She also enjoyed sewing, making flower arrangements, reading, working crossword puzzles, and traveling. Joan and Cecil were fortunate to have made many trips within the United States covering all the states; they also traveled overseas to Russia, Holland, England, Germany, Turkey, Mexico, Hungary, Canada, Greece, Austria, France, Italy, Spain and the Holy Lands.
Joan will be remembered as a smart, strong, independent woman with the ability to make a penny squeal. She was not afraid to take a firm stand for what she believed in and was willing to fight for what was right. Even though her mother died when she was three and she faced multiple emotional scars as a youth, she never let that hold her back. She was a fighter with strong belief in God. In family situations and her many surgeries, her comment always was, “I just turned it over to the Lord.”
Joan loved her family. As a working mother, she always made sure her children had done their homework which she and Cecil helped them with. Making sure it was done but also making sure it was done correctly. She and Cecil participated in many of their children’s school and church activities. It was very important to Joan that her children be raised in a Christian home, be involved in church, and have a good education. It was not a question of “whether” the children were going on to college it was “where” they would go. This was very important to both of them as this was one unfulfilled dream of theirs. She instilled qualities of Christianity, honesty, hard work, having respect for others, integrity and a sense of humor in her children which she considered would carry them through all walks of life. Her life lessons will live on within her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil and brothers Clarke, Kenneth, Gorman and Tommy Sam.
She is survived by two daughters, Linda Griffin (Jessie) and Cecile Blucker; two grandchildren, Brandon Lloyd (Brandy) and Heather Leser (Eric); five great-grandchildren, Jacobson, Carlee, Savannah, Jolie and Greyson; her half-sister, Ellen Sue Cantrell (Randy) and half-brother, James Kilcrease (Diane); a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and her special angel caregiver, Debbie Henry.
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, June 12 at 11 a.m. at Enon Baptist Church with burial to follow in Enon Cemetery. Visitation 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday evening at Stephenson-Dearman Funeral Home in Monticello.
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” (Proverbs 31:28)