Joan Stevens, 89,

Written by John Kuhens on April 15, 2015

     Joan Stevens, 89, of Mt. Pleasant, IA, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the Pleasant Manor Care Center.


     A visitation will be held from 12 noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015, at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel where the family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. that evening. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 18th at the First United Methodist Church with the Reverend Deborah Stowers officiating. Interment will be at Trinity Cemetery. Memorials have been established to First United Methodist Church and Iowa Wesleyan College. On-line condolences may be directed to


     Born July 16, 1925 in rural Mt. Union, IA, Joan Esteleen was the daughter of Otis Franklin and Edna Lenora “Nora” (Lauer) Myers. She attended school in the Mt. Union Community Schools graduating in 1942. She attended Iowa Wesleyan College for one year. On June 20, 1943 she married Charles William Stevens at the Mt. Union Methodist Church. He preceded her in death on October 7, 2003.


     A lifelong homemaker, Joan devoted her time with her husband and family on the family farm until 1987. From 1987-1989, the couple resided in Arkansas. They moved to Mt. Pleasant in 1989.


     For over 30 years Joan and Charles wintered in Arizona. They spent many summers traveling through the United States and Canada. Joan was a volunteer for the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion and was one of the first members of the North Village Saloon Singers. For over 30 years she sang with this group, and for 10 years, she was the leader of the group. She was a 50+ year member of the New London Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 440. She was an active member of First United Methodist Church.


     Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Stevens of Mt. Pleasant, IA; two nephews, Richard Aldrich of Riverside, CA and Dean Hudson of Lakewood, CO; and numerous grand nieces, nephews and cousins.


     Preceding her in death are her parents; her husband, Charles; and two sisters, Grace Hudson and Veteus Aldrich.