Joan Pursell, age 88, died on July 27, 2020, at her daughter's Weston home. Joan was born January 30, 1932, in Omaha, Neb., to the late Carl and Mary Pohl. Together with her brother and three sisters, she was taught the importance of faith, family, hard work, and respect. She married the love of her life, Eugene (Gene) Pursell, in 1963. Their blended family includes Gene's children, (Cheryl, Vicki, Candice, and David); Joan's daughter, (Debbie) and two sons they raised together, (Dominic and Patrick). Her creativity and adventurous spirit made Joan a favorite with her eight grandchildren and her seven great-grandchildren, all of whom have fond memories of Joan's hand-sewn Halloween costumes, homemade yeast rolls, and over the top holiday decorations (with matching flags of course). Known for her clown collection, love of ice cream (don't tell Grandpa!), and her brightly colored clothes and jewelry, Joan had a quirky sense of humor and an infectious smile beloved by all. Her family and friends will especially miss the mischievous twinkle often found in her eyes. Joan is survived by her sister, Charlotte; her children, Dominic (Marty), Patrick (Shelley), Cheryl, Candice, and Deb (Raymond); and many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, condolences in Joan's honor can be sent to, The Pursell Family, P.O. Box 295, Underwood, IA, 51576. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Croix Hospice, 1920 Rue Street, #3, Council Bluffs, IA., 51503, or St. Patrick Catholic Church, 308 Fourth Street, Neola, IA., 51559, regarding Joan Pursell masses.
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