JoAnn Heasty, age 89, of Wellington, passed away Monday, January 1, 2018 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington.

JoAnn (Diller) Heasty was born on May 21, 1928 in New Salem to Clarence and Lydia (Markley) Diller. She spent her early childhood in New Salem, Wilmont, and Douglass, before moving to Atlanta, KS when she was seven years old. She graduated from Atlanta High School in 1946. She attended Southwestern College where she earned her teaching certificate. She went on to teach grades one through eight in the country schools of Hardscrabble and Mount Vernon in Cowley County.

JoAnn Diller and Wendell Heasty were married on December 26, 1948 and made their home in Wellington.

She was a longtime resident of Wellington. JoAnn was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Priscilla’s Circle, and Cosmos Club. She was a dedicated EMH special education paraprofessional at the Wellington Junior High School for thirty years. She was instrumental along with a few other families in starting Futures Unlimited in Wellington. JoAnn was devoted to her family and friends. She enjoyed singing, especially Christmas songs. She loved to garden, sew, cook, and bake. She enjoyed eating out and taking in a good movie with her daughter. JoAnn was a very loving, giving, and compassionate person. She lived by the “Golden Rule” more blessed to give than receive. She will be deeply missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wendell; infant son, Richard Lynn and son, Ronald Mark; brother, Robert Diller; and sister, Norma Henderson.

Survivors include her two children, Robert Heasty and Marta Heasty both of Wellington; sister, Wilma Jo Adams of Keller, TX; and two granddaughters, Christy Hunter of Mason, MI and Misty Sytz of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Funeral Services will be held at the First United Methodist Church on Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. Rev. Dr. Phyllis Provost-Saas will officiate. Graveside Services will be held at the Atlanta Cemetery in Atlanta, KS at 2:30 P.M.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday, January 7, 2018 from 1:00 – 8:00 P.M. The family will be present to greet friends from 6:00 – 8:00 P.M.

Memorials have been established with the First United Methodist Church and the Wellington Humane Society. Contributions can be mailed or left at the funeral home.

Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

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