Mary JoAnn Bowen nee Strong
06.05.1938 - 1.22.2018
A life’s Journey
Homer and Ida Strong knew their young daughter JoAnn was a fighter after she won her
battle with rheumatic fever. As an adventurous and spirited adult, she continued to defy
the odds for the next seven decades that followed. She became known for many things
(entrepreneurial spirit, sharp wit, loving heart, being a whiz at cards and Yahtzee!) and was
loved by many throughout her life’s journey.
There are no goodbyes. Wherever you'll be, you'll be in my heart.
JoAnn was ‘sister’ to Benton Strong, Steve Strong and Faye Welch; and survived by sisters
Jayne Keisler of Malvern, AR and Joyce Sibley of Shreveport, LA. She is also survived by her 6
children, 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Philip Hunt, JoAnn’s first born son lives
in Malvern, AR; his son Charles lives in Los Angeles, CA. JoAnn’s second child, Kevin Hunt,
married Tina and have one daughter Janet and granddaughter Jada in Malvern, AR.
The rest of us who called JoAnn ‘mom’ are (from oldest to youngest) Caroline McGill nee
Shumake, Bob Shumake, Jr., Homer Shumake and Laurel Drews nee Shumake. Caroline
and Tim McGill have selflessly served as mom’s caregivers since 2006, in Antioch, TN.
Caroline's daughter, Amanda McGill currently lives in WY and gave her “Grammy” the joy of
two more great-grandchildren, Bryson and Jareth. Robert and Marlou Shumake live in
Tampa, FL and their daughter, Margret Ann, is attending University of FL nearby. Laurel and
Dieter Drews live in La Conner, WA with their children Max and Eleanor. They love their
“Granny Jo” and as she always said, “but you know that already.”
Service Time and Location
Visitation will be from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Alexander Family Heritage Funeral Home
100 Albert Gallatin Ave
Gallatin, TN 37066
Service will be Tuesday, January 30th at 1 PM in the Chapel with interment following at Gallatin Cemetery. JoAnn will be buried next to her husband of 25 years, Archie “JR” Bowen. Online condolences may be submitted at alexanderheritagefh.com. Alexander Family Heritage Funeral Home has been honored with arrangements.