Joan Mary Hale of Jackson Springs, NC; formerly of Titusville, FL was born July 30, 1934 in Freeland, PA to the late Frank & Mary (Magarosky) Yersevich.

She went to Heaven on March 25, 2020. In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her brother Daniel Yersevich, York, PA; daughter-in-law Donna Hale, grandson Robert Hale Woelfel, and great-grandson Everett Daniels.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 64 years, Robert Owen Hale; daughter Jacqueline (Mike) Woelfel of Humble, TX; son Thomas (Trina) Hale of Cocoa, FL; daughter Janet (Bobby) Chenman of Virginia Beach, VA; daughter Mary Hale, and grandson Ethan Hale both of the home; another twenty-two grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, niece Kerry (John) Wharburton of Pataskala, OH and nephew Brett Yersevich of York, PA.

Joan graduated from Freeland High School in 1952. She then moved to Washington, DC to work for the US Coast and Geodetic Survey. While there she was introduced to a handsome young Marine. They wed on March 3, 1956 in St. John’s Catholic Church in Freeland. After 64 years of marriage she still referred to him as the love of her life.

Joan loved people and truly enjoyed her long career in Tupperware as it gave her the ability to meet and share time with a wide variety of people.

She later worked as a secretary at Patrick Air Force Base and then for NASA at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. However, the jobs she held were not as important as the person she was. She was a gracious hostess, a thoughtful friend, a caring mother, a doting grandmother, and a loving wife.

She was also an accomplished artist who loved to paint palm trees, sunsets, and other scenes of Florida. She enjoyed people, music, and laughter.

She loved life.

She loved Jesus.

She loved all of us.

We all loved her and we will miss her deeply.

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Services entrusted to Boles Funeral Home of Southern Pines.

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