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Joan LaVerne (Dale) Eads

December 9, 1933 — January 14, 2023


Joan "Joanie" LaVerne (Dale) Eads, age 89 of Crawfordsville, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2023 at Franciscan Health Crawfordsville. She was born in Opdyke, Illinois on December 9, 1933 to the late Harry Dale & Irene (Miller) Williams.

Joanie graduated Waynetown High School and married the love of her life, Lloyd "Buck" Eads on July 20, 1952. She worked from JC Penny's for 28 years and had her real estate license. She loved traveling and going to Las Vegas, playing cards with her sisters and friends, and spending time with her sisters and family. She faithfully attended church, loved her Lord, and was saved at a young age at the Waynetown Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 70 years, Lloyd "Buck" Eads; two children, Terry (Ron) Johnson and Brad (Laurie) Eads; 8 grandchildren, Grant (Katie) Eads, Cassandra (Adam) Bond, Jacob (Jessica) Shaffer, Aaron Shaffer, Eli Shaffer, Sharon Lou (Jamie) Bradley, Jennie (Mark) Simison, and Derek Brady; 13 great grandchildren, 3 great-great grandchildren; a sister, Carolyn Wright; and a sister-in-law, Claressa Perry.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a son, Mark Lavon Eads; two sisters, Patricia Stephens and Barbara Allen; and a grandson, David Brady.

Visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S Washington St, in Crawfordsville on Saturday, January 21, 2023 from 1:00pm till the time of the funeral service at 2:00 pm with her nephew, Pastor Loren Stephens officiating. The service will be live-streamed and recorded which can be viewed on her obituary page at Burial will follow at Waynetown Masonic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to Mt. Zion United Methodist Church or Prairie Creek Baptist Church. Share memories and condolences online at

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Saturday, January 21, 2023

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