Joan McCarthy

Joan Olga McCarthy

Tuesday, August 10th, 1954 - Thursday, October 29th, 2020
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Joan Olga McCarthy (Draney), 66 of Admire, KS, passed away October 29th, 2020 in the company of family at her home. Services will be held at a later date. Condolences may be left at Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111.

Joan was born August 10th, 1954 in Omaha, NE to Cecil and Ceba Draney. She graduated from Benson High School of Omaha, NE in 1972. Joan went on to earn a AAS in Drafting and Design Technology in 1974, BS of Science in Engineering Technology (with distinction) in 1975, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 1983 all from the University of Nebraska. In 2000, Joan earned a Master of Science in Computer Science from the American Institute for Computer Sciences.

Joan married John Edward McCarthy in Pocatello, ID on September 17th, 1988. She worked for J.R. Simplot company for 30 years, retiring as Director of Information Technology. She served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT for Wilderness Ranch Fire Protection District in Boise County, ID for many years. Joan was involved in several groups over the years and active in hobbies such as gardening, antler hunting, camping, archery hunting, fishing, playing guitar, painting, horseback riding and more. Joan’s values, work ethic, skills in the arts and intellect were revered by many that knew her. Joan will be dearly missed and remembered as a loving wife, mother and friend.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Cecil "Bud" Draney. Joan is survived by her husband, John; son, Colton McCarthy, his wife, Onika McCarthy and their daughter (Joan's Granddaughter) Maeve of Boise, ID; stepson, Mike McCarthy and spouse, Eliza Zamor of Boise, ID; Siblings: brothers, Alan and John Draney of Omaha, NE; sisters: Donna Whiteside of Phoenix, AZ and Mary Skupien of Clearwater, FL; and last but not least her dog Jefe.
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Laura Harris

Posted at 11:15pm
John and Family, So sorry to hear of Joan's passing. You are in our prayers.

Dan & Laura Harris

Gregory Hulett

Posted at 09:29pm
shocked and saddened to read of Joan's passing( Omaha World-Herald) today...happy to see she had a great and interesting life and wonderful family! we were in grade school thru high school together--I was one day older than Joan but she was light years ahead of me in brains and maturity! Her family's house on 58th street in Benson was always the cool place to be! I always borrowed her basketball (leather!) to play on the neighbor's court ---sometimes she'd come out and play 1 on 1---she had game even at her size!--was hoping someday to have a 58th-59th street reunion and catch up and reminisce! RIP Joan- Greg H

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