Joan Olga (Perdue) Nelson-Hale, 87, of Topeka, passed away on November 8, 2021 at home. She was surrounded with love and will be missed by many.
She was born on May 2, 1934 to Thomas Hendricks and Helga Emelia (Bache) Perdue in Horton, Kansas. Joan graduated from Huron High School in 1952 in Huron, Kansas
Joan worked for Southwestern Bell and AT&T as a telephone operator. She started her career in Huron and continued it in Atchison and Topeka where she later retired in 1985
She was a Past Worthy Matron of Helena Chapter 210, and a dual member of Beulah Chapter 34 Order of the Eastern Star, Asian Toltec Rite #1, Topeka Assembly #24 Social Order of the Beauceant, Telephone pioneers of America, Union and Local #601. She was active in Job's Daughter's International Bethel # 58 since 1970 where she served as Secretary, and received the Golden Cloak Award and was awarded the Silver Lining award. She enjoyed reading cook books, embroidery, and naps with her cats.
She married Wayne Elbridge Nelson on July 2, 1955, and they had three daughters. He preceded her in death July 19, 2003. She later married Walter Hale on June 3, 2006, he preceded her in death on December 26, 2014.
Joan is survived by her daughters Johanna (Larry) Flott, Helga Nelson, and Olga (Craig) Strever; eight grandchildren, Gabrielle (Peter) Smith, Lura (Josh) Colson, William Elbridge (Deborah) Huckaby, Henry Flott, Kristine (Ethan) Timmerman, Jaylene (Dalton) Strever, Kaylene Strever, and Collene Strever; three great granddaughters, Kailee, Hallie, and Avi.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will take place on Saturday, November 13 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Parker Price Funeral Home. Funeral service will be on Sunday, November 14, at 2:30 pm at Parker Price Funeral Home. Graveside service will be on Monday, November 15, at 11:00 am at Miller Cemetery in Everest, Kansas in Brown County.
The Family would like to give a special thanks to Visiting Angels and St. Croix Hospice Care.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Croix Hospice Care and sent in care of Parker Price Funeral Home.