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October 4, 2012

(7/24/1936 - 9/28/2012)

Wilma Joan Morningstar, 76, of rural Lisbon, Iowa formerly of Pulaski, Iowa, died on September 28, 2012 in a car - train accident.

Jo was born in rural Arbela, Missouri on July 24, 1936 to Marion Andrew Erickson and Wilma Gertrude (Hicks) Erickson. She and her sisters, Helen, Joyce, Sharon and Nancy, spent most of their growing up years in Pulaski, Iowa.

Joan graduated from Pulaski High School. She earned her teaching degree from Parsons College in Fairfield, Iowa.

On July 20th, 1958 she married Keith Morningstar.

She taught elementary school in Tipton for two years. Joan was part of the Lisbon Community School District for over fifty years, taking time out to raise three children and assist her husband with farming.

She enjoyed, teaching, serving and providing for others through the Lisbon United Methodist Church, judging county 4-H shows in numerous counties in eastern Iowa, and serving in various roles at Southeast Linn Community Center in Lisbon. She was known for her energy, selfless service, homemade noodles, rolls and all things pork. Joan dearly loved her children and grandchildren, showing it by attending so many of their activities. Her greatest joy was bringing the family together around her table, for one of her amazing meals. Jo was the ultimate example of living life, teaching us what family and community is all about.

Jo is preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Helen Joyce. She is survived by her husband, Keith, her children, Doug (Mary) Morningstar, Scott (Jacque) Morningstar of Lisbon, Amy (Dale) Winslette, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, twelve grandchildren, one great-grandson, her sisters Sharon (Douglas) Leslie of Charlottesville, Virginia, Nancy (Charlie) Bethards of Colleyville, Texas, numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the Lisbon United Methodist Church, by Rev. Tom Mattson. Jo was buried in Lisbon Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Lisbon United Methodist Church, 200 East Market St., the Lisbon School Foundation, 235 West School Street, and the Southeast Linn Community Center, 108 South Washington Street, in Lisbon, 52253.

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