By The Mercury

Joan Page, 72, died Sunday at Midland Hospice in Topeka.

The family provided some of the following information.

Joan was born on Aug. 31, 1941, in Enid, Okla. She was the daughter of Ralph Zickefoose and Veva (Kuykendahl) Zickefoose.

She grew up on a farm in Grant County about 6 miles west of Pond Creek. Her future husband, Bob, lived on a farm only a mile away.  Joan’s mother, Veva, taught them both at the Jefferson Grade School the year that Joan was in the 3rd grade and Bob in the 4th grade.  They grew up knowing each other’s grandparents, cousins and other family.  Joan and her parents later moved to Enid, where she graduated high school and started at Phillips University.  She later completed a bachelor’s degree in Art Education at Kansas State University.

Bob and Joan were married on Sept. 2, 1962, at her parents’ home in Enid and had two children. They lived in Massachusetts for eight years and then made their home in Manhattan. For the last several years Joan enjoyed trips to Australia with her husband and the adventure of sailing their sailboat across the Pacific from Australia to Washington state via stops in Tahiti and Hawaii.

Joan was a member and baptized at Grace Baptist Church and served her Savior and Lord with joy.  She was active for many years in Christian Women’s Club, the Grace Baptist Women’s Fellowship and teaching ladies Bible studies. She enjoyed researching family genealogies and working as a volunteer at the local Genealogy Library. Other hobbies included reading, photography, walking, and sewing.  Joan loved to make quilts and was active in quilt guilds in Australia, Washington and Kansas. Joan was employed for several years as a payroll accountant and substitute teacher but her joy was being a homemaker.  Her love of God, family and friends was seen in her generous loving spirit.

Joan is survived by her husband, Robert L. Page of Topeka; her son, Wayne Page and his wife Chris of Topeka; and by her daughter, Lorelei Baker and her husband Brad of Murphy, Texas. She is also survived by five grandchildren.

A Celebration of Her Life will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Grace Baptist Church in Manhattan with visitation starting at 9 a.m.  A graveside service will be held at the Pond Creek Cemetery in Pond Creek, Okla., at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Memorials can be made to the Grace Baptist Church Missions Fund and left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas.

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