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Obituary for Joann Stafford
Joann Stafford, 90, passed away Monday February 21, 2022. Graveside services will 12:30 PM Friday February 25, 2022 in Fort Scott National Cemetery.
Joann was preceded in death by her husband, William W. Stafford who she married on October 24, 1947 until his death on November 22, 1984; daughter, Dianna Parker; son, Rick Stafford and his wife Nancy; and her mother, father and two brothers. Survivors include her children, William and (Lois) Stafford, Kearney MO, Vicky Stafford, Kansas City, MO, Cathy Stafford, Kansas City, MO, Steven Stafford and Frankie, Nevada, MO, and Bruce and (Becky) Stafford, King City, MO; 15 grandchildren and 34 great grandchildren.
Joann was a longtime resident of Nevada, MO where she worked at Cottey College until starting her own business decorating cakes and cookies. She was later nick named by many as the “cake lady”. Shortly after retiring she resided with her son. Moving to Ohio for a short period and then settling in the Kansas City area, where she enjoyed taking care of family, playing bingo and relaxing. She regularly played bingo with her daughters, son, and daughter in-law who she called her bingo buddy. She enjoyed the time with them as much as playing the game. She said it was always more fun when she won. She had a green thumb, loved her flowers, taking care of her house plants and gardening. She enjoyed doing arts and crafts such as sewing, painting projects, and crocheting. She loved being a homemaker and decorating for every holiday. Her favorite past time was cooking for others and having family gatherings. She was at her brightest at family gathering. Just don’t be late for dinner. You had to come with a big appetite, she was going to feed an army. She enjoyed watching the family play games, banter over sports and politics, and telling of stories. She was our mom!
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