Joan Rushing, 95, of Iowa Falls, Iowa,and formally of Tampa, Florida passed away Tuesday, November 3, 2020, at Hubbard Care Center, Hubbard, Iowa. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The Linn’s Funeral Home Iowa Falls Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be directed to Joan Rushing Memorial, 1521 Washington Avenue, Iowa Falls, Iowa 50126.
Joan was born July 7, 1925, in Omaha Nebraska to Marcus Theodore and Eloise (Binns) Petersen. Joan graduated from Hillsborough High School in Florida. She then attended DMACC Nursing School at the Boone campus. She was united in marriage to Napoleon (Buck) Bonaparte Rushing on December 20, 1947 and to this union four children were born, Michael, Claudia, Stephen, and Rhonda. They lived in a grapefruit grove in Winter Haven, Florida. Joan worked as a nurse in hospitals and nursing homes until retirement in 1986. Joan was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Tampa. Joan enjoyed all 95 of her years! When she was young, her and her sisters could be found dancing on the pillars of Temple Terrace. She told many stories of all the great times she had with her family growing up. In the summer of 1965, work brought Buck, Joan and their children to Ames, where they made many life long friends. Retirement brought Buck and Joan back to Florida. They took pride in traveling to all 50 states. She then raised Ray, her grandson and loved volunteering and being a grandma to many of his friends.
Joan is survived by her son Michael (Barb) Rushing of Richmond, Virginia; one daughter Claudia (Mark) Eoff of Ames, Iowa; two sisters Jean Fingar, Jane Rushing; five grandchildren Sunny, Holly, Candy, Kristin, Ray and nine great-grandchildren.
Joan is preceded in death by her husband Buck Rushing; a son Stephen Rushing; a daughter Rhonda Rushing and two brothers Phillip Petersen and Robert Petersen.
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