SAVANNA—Joan Marie Cawley, 69, passed away Tuesday, July 13, 2021, at home in Bullhead City, Ariz., after a short battle with cancer.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 31, with a visitation from 12-2 p.m. at Law-Jones Funeral Home, Savanna. Graveside services will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Sabula, Iowa. A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. in the home of Gary and Jennifer Zink.
Joan was born June 11, 1952, in Savanna City Hospital to George and Mary Haynes Phillips.
Joanie graduated from Sabula High School in 1970. She lettered in band and basketball and was on the student council. She was Homecoming Queen her senior year.
After graduating from Clinton Business College, Joanie worked for a local insurance company as an administrative clerk. She was transferred to the Chicago area and then worked in Civil Service at the Great Lakes Naval Base, where her father George was once stationed. This is where she met a sailor, Bill Cawley, who would become her husband.
In February 1974 Joanie and Bill were married in Norfolk Va., where he had been transferred. After his release from the Navy, Joanie and Bill moved to Bethlehem, Pa., Bill's home town. Joanie worked for several attorneys, eventually settling in at Hamilton Abstract Company, where she stayed for 25 years, until her first retirement.
After their retirements, Joanie and Bill made the move back to the Midwest, making their home in Silvis. Here in the Quad Cities, Joanie returned to work in the title and abstract business. Ultimately Joanie and Bill again retired from their respective jobs and relocated to the warmer climate of Bullhead City Ariz.
Joanie loved jigsaw puzzles, crosswords and trivia games. There weren't many who could beat her at "Wheel of Fortune" or "Jeopardy”. She was very involved with league bowling for many years in Pennsylvania. She loved traveling, especially with their bowling leagues. Joanie and Bill went on several cruises and made some sightseeing trips across the U.S. and into Canada.
Joanie was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed car shows, going often to them at the Jersey Shore. No matter which part of the country was their home, she remained a loyal Chicago Bears fan, although she would also root for the Green Bay Packers. Joanie loved baking and was famous for sharing her goodies. During the holidays, all her neighbors and relatives would be delighted to receive her cookies, cakes and sweet breads.
She is survived by her husband, Bill; one sister, Jennifer (Gary) Zink of Savanna; one brother, James (Dawn) Phillips of Sabula, Iowa; sister-in-law, Betty Ann Cawley of St. Peters, Mo.; and one niece, Jennifer (Randy) Royer, and great-nephew, Jace Royer of St. Charles, Mo.
Joan was preceded in death by both parents; stepfather, Harold Jorgenson; brother, George Phillips; and parents-in-law, William and Helen Cawley.