Joanne C. Adams

  • Born: May 16, 1932
  • Died: November 26, 2019
  • Location: Battle Creek, Michigan

Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care

105 Capital Ave NE
Battle Creek, MI 49017

Tel. (269) 962-5527

Tribute & Message From The Family

Joanne C. Adams, 87, of Battle Creek, died November 26, 2019. Joanne was born May 16, 1932, in Steubenville, OH, to Charles and Helen (Gregory) Camplan. She lived in the Detroit area as a child and graduated from Cooley High School. After high school she went on to receive her teaching degree from Hillsdale College. Joanne taught at public schools in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan in elementary, junior high and high school levels. Her longest time teaching in one school district was with the Lakeview Public Schools at the former Woodrow Junior High School for 28 years. Also during that time, she taught a choir class for a year at Highland Junior High School.

Joanne was formerly married to John W. West. She married her current husband William T. Adams in December 1975. Surviving are her two daughters Peggy Jo (Dick) Stap of Monterey, CA and Jann (John) Mackaluso of Battle Creek, MI; 4 grandchildren, Jennifer (Scott) Campbell, Nichole (Steve) Christianson, Matt (Jennifer) Mackaluso and Mike (Christy) Mackaluso and 9 great grandchildren, Reese and Jake Campbell; Levi and Milena Christianson; Sophia, Harper and Jacob Mackaluso; and Zoe and Luke Mackaluso. Also survived by her sister,Charmaine Ratcliffe of Chico, CA. She was preceded in death by her son John C. West.

In the 80's during the balloon festival, Joanne had T-shirts made up with the slogan "Ride The Wind" and sold them to various businesses for resale. Joanne was an avid golfer and won the Pro-Am Tournament in the senior league at Bedford Valley Country Club. She golfed in the Champion Tournament at Gull Lake View Country Club and got two holes in one while there. She also golfed in the Ladies League at Marywood Country Club and Bedford Country Club. She enjoyed fishing and loved traveling to Hawaii every year for over 30 years. She worked in Hawaii for 5 years driving the pros in golf carts on the Plantation course. Joanne liked to play cards and various board games. She loved Elvis Presley and anything connected with him. She had a great sense of humor and enjoyed laughing and making others laugh.

Funeral services to celebrate Joanne's life will be 1:30 p.m., Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, December 7 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Battle Creek Safe Place, or the Battle Creek Area Habitat for Humanity, or Marine Life Studies, Personal messages for the family may be placed


Condolence & Memory Journal

Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. May (1 Thessalonians 4:14) bring you some comfort in knowing that there is a future for the ones we have lost in death. May the God of all comfort strengthen your family during this time of deep sorrow.

Posted by A friend   December 19, 2019

A dear friend and a humorous sport ! Will miss you.

John Edwards

Posted by A friend   December 05, 2019

Dear Jann and Peggy and family,
Jon and I were saddened to hear the passing of Joanne. She was an awesome woman! We both understand firsthand your loss and grief. Our prayers and condolences are with all of you. God Bless. Jon and Diane Christianson

Posted by Diane Christianson - Washougal, WA - Family   December 01, 2019

Dearest sis and Peggy and families, our hearts are saddened by the death of your precious mom./grandmother. Sending hugs and extra prayers your way. Love you!❤ Karen Sue and Steve

Posted by Karen Sue Macksluso - Augusta, MI - Family   December 01, 2019

Dear Jann & John and family: I am so very sorry to hear about your Moms passing. Larry and I surely enjoyed our many card nights with you guys and Joanne. When it was girls against the was fun to have her on our team. She was a lot of fun and always was so warm to me. She truly was a ray of sunshine always with a smile and she always made me feel so welcome.
I do believe it is starting to get pretty crowded in heaven with all the angels there now !
With Love, Pam Mortensen

Posted by Pam Mortensen - Battle Creek, MI - Family Friend   November 29, 2019

My sincere sympathy to the entire family. Thinking of you.

Posted by Brenda Guyse - Jonesville, MI   November 29, 2019

Oh my gosh.... I was just doing the computer surfing thing for Christmas when this popped up! I was just so stunned. Took a moment. We are soooo, sooo sorry Jann.... it is a hard, very sad thing to go through. Just don't know what to say, words seem so inadequate. Know we are thinking of you and John and your family. You sure are a great daughter, Jann...we know how much your mom was loved by you and her family. Our sincerest condolences..... Wayne and Linley
.... and your mom was a hoot... she always cracked me up!

Posted by Wayne and Linley Houseman - Battle Creek, MI - Neighbor   November 29, 2019