Joanie E. Clark

Joan E. “Joanie” Clark, 63, of Leavenworth, died, after a short battle with cancer, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, surrounded by loved ones. She was born June 30, 1953, in Lyndon, Kan., the daughter of Wayne and Velma (Parks) Allison Sr.

She graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1971.

On June 25, 1971, Joanie married her high school sweetheart, Michael R. Clark. They recently celebrated their 45th wedding anniversary. Michael survives at the home. She is also survived by her best friend and daughter, Sarah (Jeremy) Ling; five grandchildren, Kailey, Riley, Colby, Chloe and Kaison; her mother; a sister, Janine Cordt; many nieces and nephews; an array of friends, especially her grandchildren’s aunt, Jen Nedwed whom she loved and adored and often referred to as her “adopted daughter”; and lifelong friends, Chuck and Linda Hutchens, Barb Porter, Tom and Maryanne Klompstra and Bill and Mel Baker. Joanie also leaves behind her loving lap dog, Katie.

Joanie was employed at A & W, where she met her husband. She was also employed at Augsburg Germany Military Base while Mike was stationed there for the Army. Joanie and Mike Owned and Operated Clark’s Body shop. Together they also had Clark’s racing of which her husband Mike raced at several different locations including I-70 Speedway and Lakeside Speedway. She made many memories working at Hallmark and AAFES on Fort Leavenworth where she met so many friends that quickly became known as her AAFES family.

She was preceded in death by her son, twin brother of Sarah, Jeremiah Michael Clark; her father; a brother, Wayne Allison Jr.; and a sister, Jackie Allen.

One of her many fun things in life was being the best grandma she could be to her five beautiful grandchildren. Joanie also enjoyed cross-stitching, reading, daily long phone conversations with her daughter and traveling all over the country with Mike selling junk.

The family of Joanie would like to thank Crossroads Hospice for their care and support over the last two months.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. Memorials are suggested to The Clark Family for funeral expenses.