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On Wednesday, June 1st, 2022, Joanne Corlew succumbed to her battle with cancer and passed away at the age of 85. Joanne was born on October 4, 1936 in Kansas City, Missouri to Joe and Edith Herndon. On April 27, 1957, Joanne married Richard Corlew. They raised one son, Tom, and one daughter, Connie. Joanne had a green thumb and a passion for gardening. She was known for her poise, strength, and desire to keep everything “just in case.” Joanne enjoyed watching cooking shows and spending time with family and friends at Lake Lotawana.
Joanne was preceded in death by her father and mother, Joe and Edith Herndon and her brother, Gary Herndon. She is survived by her husband, Richard, her son, Tom Corlew, her daughter, Connie (Jeff) Vance, her grandchildren, Jordan (Bryce) Jones, Andrew Vance, and Jacob Vance, and her great-grandson, Jenson Jones.
Joanne will be remembered for being a fighter, loving unconditionally, and her contributions to Alpha Delta Pi, the Raytown Historical Society, and the Raytown Optimist Club.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance or the Kansas City Hospice House in Joanne’s name. Details will be available at a later date for a celebration of her life.
Vicki Turnbow says
Joanne was a wonderful lady. Very involved in the community and the Chamber. She will be greatly missed.
Pam Clark says
Joanne was a very special lady. Always a smile on her face. Very involved in community. Watched her come and go from the Historical Society where she volunteered a lot of her time. She will be missed.
Mike McDonough says
She was a wonderful lady and fought hard to over her cancer. Always most pleasant to chat with. She was a Raytown icon. She will be missed
Bill Brinton says
One great lady. She was one of my favorites. Condolences to her family
Traci Fann says
Joanne was the sweetest lady. Prayers for the family.
Nancy (Shockley) Alexander says
So sorry for your loss – Joanne was such an important part of my childhood in the Elm Street neighborhood. She was a special lady!
Priscilla Bean & Max Crosby says
Joanne was a true friend…One of a kind …we so enjoyed all the years tail gating …going to out of town games…the trips were so much fun ….loved to hear her laugh….so many memories…Rest in Peace ..
Jodie Smith says
I met Joanne in the fourth grade when the Herndon‘s moved to Raytown. Our mothers new each other as they both taught at Centerview, Mo. in one room schoolhouses. We’ve been involved as kids and adults as good friends in art classes, exchanging plants, antique hunting, history, and the Raytown museum. I will treasure all the fun we had! Our kids and grandkids all have good thoughts and memories of this family.
Jodie and Bob Smith, and three generations of family friends.
Phil Jones says
Dick, Tom & Connie,
We are so sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful and loving person who will be missed,
Phil & Sue Jones
Janeil and Gary Egger says
We have all lost someone special in the passing of Joanne Corlew. If I have just one memory that stands out, it is her wonderful smile. So enjoyed our friendship through the Historical Society and Raytown Museum. Joanne was a peach! She is sadly missed.