MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa—Joan V. Heddens, 82, of Marshalltown, Iowa, formerly of Mount Carroll, passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020.

She was born in July 1938 to Homer and Vernette (White) Kearnaghan. Her father was a Kraft Food farm advisor and her mother was a public school music teacher.

Joan grew up in Mount Carroll on a farm built down the long lane off South Mill Street and West Cole Avenue by her grandparents, Lon and Mabel (Sisler) White.

Active in the Mount Carroll High School Marching Band, Jazz Band, chorus, plays and varsity cheerleading, after graduating from MCHS with the Class of 1956, Joan attended Illinois Wesleyan University at a drama major.

She moved to Chicago in 1958 and met and married James D. Heddens, a podiatry student, in 1959. They started a foot clinic in Bettendorf, Iowa, before setting up a practice in Marshalltown, Iowa, in 1966.

Joan was very active in many Marshalltown community organizations. After her children were grown, she worked as the greeter and receptionist for the now Wells Fargo Bank.

During their retirement years, Jim and Joan split their time between Marshalltown and Sanibel, Fla. She was a member of the Sanibel Congregational Church and PEO. Joan loved working with people and her motto was, “Love Much, Laugh Often and Dance Like No One is Watching.”

She is survived by her husband, James D. Heddens and her daughter, Jennifer (Steven) Cochrane of Midlothian, Va.; son, David Heddens of Marshalltown, Iowa; and daughter, Holly (Tim) Hanson of Sammamish, Wash.; 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and her brother, Pat (Joan) Kearnaghan of Ft. Myers, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Doug Kearnaghan of California. Joan’s great-grandparents, grandparents and parents are all at rest in Mount Carroll’s Oak Hill Cemetery.

A funeral service is planned for Saturday, Sept. 26, in Marshalltown, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to Riverside Cemetery Storm Recovery Fund in Marshalltown.

Arrangements are being handled by Anderson Funeral Home, 405 Main St., Marshalltown, Iowa, 50158. A web page is available.