Joan Lamon Plew Pruiett, 76, went home to be with the Lord Sunday morning, Feb. 3, 2013, at Davis Gardens Health Care Center, where she had resided for the past 13 days. Joan was born Aug. 30, 1936, to Harold and Pearl Downs Plew in Terre Haute. Joan graduated from Valley High School in 1954. On Aug. 2, 1956, she married Bob Pruiett. He preceded her in death Nov. 9, 1997.
She worked at Eastern Express while Bob was stationed in Korea. Joanie was an avid fan of Big Ten basketball, especially IU. She enjoyed dining out with family and friends, especially the Saturday morning breakfasts. She had a strong faith in the Lord, and looked forward to a weekly Bible study with Sharon Gallman of North Carolina.
Joanie’s pride and joy was being a loving wife and mother to her sons, Mike and Bruce. She was also a faithful daughter, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend. Her family and friends would agree that she was a true example of unselfishness, kindness and loving unconditionally. She was always so appreciative of any act of kindness toward her. Joanie had a ready smile and contagious laugh, and she always put others before herself. She will be sorely missed by those she leaves behind.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Starla Jackson and Elaine Ball, the ARC of Vigo County, Vista Care Hospice, and Davis Gardens Health Care Center, all of whom have helped the family through these difficult times.
Joan is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law, Mike and Mary Pruiett, Kokomo, and Bruce Pruiett, West Terre Haute; a sister and brother–in-law, Susan and Allen Bigger, West Terre Haute; a brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Linda Plew, West Terre Haute; three sisters-in-law, Darlene Plew, Georgia Pruiett and Sandra Noll and husband, Ron; a brother-in-law, Morty Greenberg; and many nieces, nephews and cousins, including a special cousin Carol Whallon.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob; a granddaughter, Francheska C. Pruiett in 1993; a sister, Pat McFarlin; two brothers, Rick Plew and Bill Plew; three brothers-in-law, Ralph McFarlin, Dick Pruiett and Lee Edgar Pruiett; a sister-in-law, Marilyn Plew; a niece, Diane McCormick; a nephew, Brent Bigger; a niece, Tricia Bigger; and their children, Caroline and Anthony Bigger.
A celebration of life stories will be 7 p.m. Wednesday at Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, 220 N. 3rd St., West Terre Haute, led by her daughter-in-law, Rev. Mary Pruiett, where family and friends can share stories and precious memories of Joan. Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday prior to the celebration of life. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in Bethesda Memorial Park, with Rev. Paul Shelton officiating. Friends are welcome to join the family at 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home for a procession to the cemetery.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either the Joan Pruiett Memorial Fund for her son, Bruce Pruiett, at any First Financial Bank location, or with envelopes available at the funeral home, or to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, with envelopes also available at the funeral home.