Emily JoAnne Shouldice

  • Born: October 18, 1929
  • Died: May 29, 2021
  • 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

Emily JoAnne Shouldice, age 91, passed away peacefully and joined her Dear husband, Fred, on Saturday, May 29, 2021. JoAnne was born October 18, 1929, in Battle Creek, MI, to Rutherford and Valenta Bryant. She grew up and spent her entire life in Battle Creek graduating in 1948 from Battle Creek Central High School. She worked in the Battle Creek Public Schools, the Calhoun County Vocational Center and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation before retiring.

JoAnne was previously married to Charles Boston. On July 21, 1984, she married Frederick (Fred) J. Shouldice. Together for almost 37 years, JoAnne and Fred were inseparable as they travelled, spent winters at their Florida home and enjoyed their blended families.

JoAnne's passion was music. She loved playing the piano (which she learned to play at 14 years of age) and the organ both in and out of church. She was a master gardener who could be found tending to flowers whenever an opportunity presented itself. She also enjoyed knitting, sewing, golf and volunteer work (especially enjoying working with elementary aged children).

JoAnne spent most of her life active in the church. She was a fifty-year member of Christ United Methodist Church and later joined the First Congregational Church with Fred.

In addition to her husband who preceded her in death by a month, she will be welcomed into heaven by her parents and her older sister, Barbara Crockett. JoAnne is survived by her daughters, Kathy (Boston) Filippelli of Florida, and Kristi (Boston) Miller of Battle Creek; her younger sister, Marilyn Brill of Kalamazoo; and step-children, Linda (Michael) Walters of Augusta, Virginia (Michael) Rogers, Frederick J. Shouldice, Jr., Thomas J. (Donna) Shouldice and Clifford House of Florida. Also surviving are many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Mom, we love you and will miss you.

A private family service has been held. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the South Michigan Food Bank 5451 Wayne Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49037.

Condolence & Memory Journal

I love you more than words can ever begin to describe Grandma. You were the most amazing and beautiful person inside and out. You were my light in my darkest moments and taught me more than I could have learned in a lifetime without you. I can hear you playing music on your piano in my head when I close my eyes. It feels like we are sitting right on that bench together again. It sounds beautiful grandma.. I know grandpa was waiting hurrying you along as always ☺ and I know you are now hand in hand once again. I love you grandma and I love you grandpa. Love always, your grandson

Posted by Chad Miller - Battle Creek, MI - Grandchild   June 07, 2021

I enjoyed knowing JoAnne from working with her at the Kellogg Foundation. She was such a nice lady and enjoyed our friendship very much. May your wonderful memories of her bring you peace and comfort.

Posted by Jean Kline - Battle Creek, MI - Coworker   June 06, 2021

May your mother's memory be a blessing. Deeply sorry for your loss

Posted by Fran Marks - Indian Harbour Beach - Friend   June 04, 2021

To Vicki,
Thanks so much for the kind message. Yes, your mom and my mom were best friends for so long. I have so many memories of mom speaking of your mom.
Hopefully, they're rekindling their friendship in heaven.

Posted by Kathy Filippelli - West Palm Beach, FL - Daughter   June 04, 2021

Barb and I were sorry to hear that JoAnne had passed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all having to adjust to loosing both your dad and step mom in such a short time period. We hope you can take some comfort in knowing that they are once again together and happy in a better place.
Our sincere condolences to all of you.

Posted by Jeffrey Shouldice - Battle Creek, MI - Family   June 04, 2021

I just saw that a sweet lady passed away. Joann was my mothers best friend growing up. That true friendship lasted their entire lives. A wonderful lady, I admired her very much.

Posted by Vicki Horwitz - Battle Creek, MI   June 02, 2021