‹ Return to Current Obituaries

Order Flowers now for guaranteed delivery before Joan's visitation.

Joan Edwards

Joan Louise Edwards, age 74, of Schoolcraft, passed away on February 25, 2021. Joan was born on April 1, 1946 to Ord Cox and Joyce Flossie (Drake) Edwards. Joan was the youngest of three children. She leaves a sister Honey Joyce Handy; a nephew, Mike Axtell; a niece, Debbie Gillaspie; and nephews, Brady and Cody Gillaspie. A brother Ord Lee Edwards passed away in 1970. Joan’s parents were farmers in the Schoolcraft area. She graduated from Schoolcraft High School in 1964. Joan graduated from Western Michigan University in 1968 with a Bachelor’s degree in education. Joan retired from Three Rivers Schools after 31 years in the Special Education Department. In 1999 she moved into the village of Schoolcraft into the home where her grandparents Albert and Ella Mae (Cox) Edwards had lived for many years after farming in the area and homesteading out west in the Montana area. Joan loved to teach and also loved the cats that she always had in her life. At Joan’s request, cremation has taken place and a private family burial will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice. The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 S. Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269) 679-5622.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Joan Edwards, please visit our flower store.


While working in the club house at my parents golf course, Joan got me hooked on movie star magazines!!! Upon her graduation from high school, we took a trip up north in her yellow Malibu. She loved yellow. Ill never forget staying at the farm with her while her parents went away for the weekend. We had to keep an eye on a pig that was just ready to give birth! And Ill never forget that my first cat came from the Edwards farm. Joan was a gentle, soft spoken soul. Bless your heart, Joan.

Diane and Dave Haas Feb 27 2021 6:16 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joan Edwards

Sue Newhouse Feb 27 2021 8:25 AM