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Joan Johnson


Joan A. Johnson, 78, LaGrange, died Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Life Care Center of LaGrange.

    She was born November 6, 1934, in LaGrange County, to Ralph A. and Hilda B. (Marks) Baird.

    Living most of her life in LaGrange County, she was a nurse's aide at the LaGrange Hospital and at a nursing home in Florida.

    Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Doug and Rita Sutton, Adams Lake in Wolcottville, and Jeffrey and Tonda Sutton, LaGrange; five grandchildren, Stephanie (Trevor) Fry, Beau Sutton, Christopher (Stephanie Milner) Sutton, Jamie (Elizabeth) Sutton, and Dustin Sutton; eight great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Ashton, Christian and Seth Sutton, Kylie and Emily Fry, Astasia and Taylor Sutton; two sisters, Gloria Atkins, Boaz, Ala., and Carolyn Betcke, LaGrange; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Ronnie Baird, Elkhart, and Jerry and Mary Baird, Plainwell, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Kim and Gregory Sutton, and one brother, Paul Baird.

    A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

    Memorials may be directed to the LaGrange County Council on Aging or Leukemia Foundation.

    Online condolences may be sent at fruripmayfuneralhome. com.

    Frurip-May Funeral Home in LaGrange is in charge of arrangements.