JoAnn Fairley

JoAnn Fairley, 81, of Altamont died at 1:38 p.m., Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont.

A memorial service was held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24 at the First United Methodist Church in Altamont, with Rev. Paige Campbell officiating. Visitation was held two hours prior to service time at the church. Burial will be at a later date at Arborcrest Memorial Park in rural Effingham. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church or Lutheran Care Center. Gieseking Funeral Home of Altamont is assisting the family with arrangements.

JoAnn was born on Wednesday, July 21, 1937 in Alburnett, Iowa to John Richard and Helen Marie (Hruby) Timms. She married Dallas Fairley on June 9, 1956 in Marion, Iowa. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Altamont, where she was a choir member. She eventually received her bachelor’s degree before retiring after 38 years with Contel Corporation and returning to Altamont. JoAnn was also a member of the Mixmasters Bridge Club, St. Elmo Bridge Club, Afternoon Ladies Bridge Club, Fine Line Investors, and Altamont Garden Club.

She is survived by; her husband of 62 years, Dallas Fairley of Altamont; daughters, Deborah Ann Schoenhoff and husband Gerald of Brownstown and Kathryn Jo Ruff and husband David of Altamont; sisters, Betty Jean Matheny of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Rose Marie Shepard and husband Donald of Houston, Texas, and Mary Louise Welch of Waco, Texas; grandchildren, Mitchell Ruff, Justin Wagemann, Brianna Schoenhoff, Adam (Brittney) Mette, Angelisa Schoenhoff, and Bethany Schoenhoff; and great grandchildren, Kyleigh Brown, Abby Mette, and Bostyn Mette.

JoAnn was preceded in death by; her parents; two children at birth: son, Robert Charles Fairley, and daughter, Brenda Christine Fairley; brother, Johnny Timms, in infancy; and brothers-in-law, Richard Matheny and Jeffrey Welch.

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