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Joann May (Hickey) Beal

Joann May (Hickey) Beal
  • February 25, 1936 - June 25, 2022
  • Battle Creek, Michigan
  • American Lung Association
    1475 E. 12 Mile Road
    Madison Heights, MI 48071

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“Joann was such a cheerful and wonderful woman. I have such great memories working with Joann and she was truly as beautiful on the inside as she was...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Janice Wieslander - Friend

“Joann was such a cheerful and wonderful woman. I have such great memories working with Joann and she was truly as beautiful on the inside as she was...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Janice Wieslander - Friend

“My sincere condolences to Joann's family and friends. She was such a lovely, engaging woman. Many years of contact through her working alongside of...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Christine Nicolette - MI

“We are so saddened by this news .The first thought was she's with Jim now and .Joann was an incredibly beautiful woman inside and out!A class act to...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Robert and Lisa Putt - FL

“Aunt Joann was always a favorite.... she always had the brightest smile that would light up the room and was so very sweet. We will miss her so much! ”
5 of 8 | Posted by: Kathy Meccia - Coldwater, MI

“With Heartfelt Sympathy to the family of Joann,With a smile on my face, I remember my friend that through snow and ice the high heels were a must -...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Shirley Galli - Battle Creek, MI

“Had many fun times and happy memories in work and personal relationship with Jo. She was one of the kindest women I've ever known. Prayers for her...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Leslie Hewitt - Battle Creek, MI

“To the whole Family my prayers and love are with you. Spending time growing up with your family was special Mrs Hickey always had a smile on her face...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: James Kehoe - Friend


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JoAnn May (Hickey) Beal, 86, passed away Saturday, June 25, 2022.

She was born February 25, 1936 in Grand Rapids to Chris and Jo Jacobs. She was a 1954 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School and attended Argubright Business College. JoAnn owned and operated Abbey's People Model & Talent Agency for 15 years. Her passion was gardening, as well as movies, jazz music, theatre and traveling, but most of all, her large circle of treasured friends!

JoAnn was united in marriage to Richard Hickey on January 8, 1955. He preceded her in death in 1979. On October 15, 1983, she married James Beal who preceded her in death in 2004.

Joann is survived by her children, Richard (Nancy) Hickey, Gregory (Pam) Hickey, Christopher (Debra) Hickey, Krista Beal and Elizabeth (Rob) Kinsey; grandchildren, Richard Hickey, Patrick Hickey, Abby Hickey, Brittany Hickey, Alexis Hickey, Brandon Miner, Phoenix Eldridge, Jack Hostetler, Thomas Kinsey, Luke Kinsey, Noah Kinsey, Cameron Beal, Timothy Beal, Heather Beal and six great-grandchildren.

Per JoAnn's wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service to celebrate JoAnn's life will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2022 at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home (105 Capital Ave. NE). A luncheon after the service will be announced at that time. Donations in JoAnn's memory may be made to the American Lung Association. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care. Personal messages and memories may be shared at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.