Joann Boatright

Joann Boatright

Joann Boatright, 84, of Anna, died Thursday, March 21, 2019, at Reflections Memory Care in Carterville. 

She was born on Nov. 9, 1934, in Harrisburg, the daughter of Matthew Joseph and Verba Burns Fiala. 

She married Vernon Dale Boatright on May 30, 1954, in Corinth, Miss. He preceded her in death on Jan. 5, 2011; together they shared 56 years of marriage. 

She is survived by her son, Dale (Dee) Boatright of Anna; a daughter, Karen (Bobby) Toler of Jonesboro; eight grandchildren, Michelle (Randy) Harris, Heather Boatright, Beth Ann Myers, Jennifer (Ben) Wetherington, Kimberly (Josh) Spurlock, Mary (Robbie) Petzoldt, Bobby Dale (Caitlyn) Toler and Amber Toler; 10 great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Dylan, Jayden, Chad JR., Olivia, Levi, Lily, Zachary, McKenzie and Riley; nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vernon Dale Boatright; a daughter, Lori Machelle Boatright; a son, Cecil Lee Boatright; a grandson, Jackie Dale Boatright; two sisters, Mary Agnes Evetts and Alma O’Malley; and one brother, Raymond Fiala.

She was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro for many years. She was actively involved in Women on a Mission. 

She worked for the Anna National Bank for 26 years as a teller until her retirement in 1996. She took great pride in her years at the bank and enjoyed working with her customers and coworkers who became life-long friends. 

Funeral services were at 1 p.m. Monday, March 25, at Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna, with Ben Wetherington officiating. Interment was in North America Cemetery in Harco. 

Memorials can be made to Hospice of Southern Illinois. 

To view the obituary and to leave online condolences for the family, visit 

Rendleman & Hileman Funeral Home in Anna was in charge of arrangements.

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