Joan Jordan Paschal, 92, gained her heavenly wings on the morning of Tuesday, December 14, 2021, while under the watchful and loving care of the staff of Groesbeck LTC and Gentle Transitions Hospice Care. She was born July 15, 1929, in Gunter, Texas to Elmo Abbott and Lela Gillen Jordan. She married Jennings B. Paschal, Jr. (Bug) on May 20, 1949, and celebrated 71 years of marriage. Bug preceded her in death on Tuesday, July 20, 2020.
She is survived by two sons, Joe D. Paschal and wife, Kathy; and Kenneth B. Paschal, and wife Susie; and grandchildren, Emily Partin and husband, Steve; Meredith Garza and husband, Isidro; Kristopher Paschal; Trey Paschal; Matthew Paschal and wife, Jessica; Kendal Paschal Rabine and husband, Scott; and Eric Robertson and wife, Noell. She is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren and a Sister-In-Law, Faye McMullan Jordan of Huntsville, Texas and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
She will also be missed by her special caregiver and friend, Mary Ramirez.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Bug Paschal of 71 years; sister Gelene Jordan Curry and husband R. T.; brothers Buster Jordan and wife Margaret; James Lee Jordan and wife, Lillian; Jackie Dale Jordan and wife, Lena Rose; and Tom Jordan.
Joan graduated from Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth, Texas in May 1947 and attended Navarro Junior college.
Joan was a bookkeeper all her life. She loved numbers and always enjoyed them when they balanced. Her career with numbers allowed her many opportunities to share her knowledge and expertise in bookkeeping and management. Her career spanned from 1951 until her retirement in 1984. Her work experience carried her from Corsicana State Home as Secretary to the Superintendent, to Office Manager for the City of Corsicana Water Department, to Secretary to Fred S. Brown, Attorney at Law, Corsicana, to Secretary to Lee Brookshire, Vice-President of Navarro Savings & Loan Association where she was elected Assistant Vice President. Then in 1972, she started her career in Mexia, Texas as Secretary to Fred S. Brown, Independent Oil and Gas Operator. She was President of Bi-Stone Gas Company, Officer and Director of First National Indemnity Company, Vice President of First American Association and Office Manager of Brown Oil and Gas Company along with being President of the Royal American Airline owned and operated by Fred Brown until her retirement in 1984. After her retirement, Joan started her own Bookkeeping services in Mexia, and from 1984 through May 1986, she operated Mexia Country Club and Pro Shop. She was also a volunteer for Mexia State School Volunteer Council where she was responsible for the Christmas Lights extravaganza.
In their leisure hours, Bug and Joan enjoyed square-dancing with the Barn Stompers of Fairfield, traveling and camping with Bi-Stone Travelers, listening to Country and Western music along with Joe’s contemporary Christian Band, CrossWay and Ken’s contemporary gospel band, Branded Cross. You would always find her and Bug seating in the audience at Tehuacana United Methodist Church listening to the music of CrossWay, or on the road listening to Ken and Branded Cross. And she loved everything and anything involving her family. And she made the best chocolate pie, chocolate sheath cake and banana pudding. Kathy finally got the courage to ask her for the “family” recipe for banana pudding. Her reply, “it’s on the box of vanilla wafers”. Well, okay…..
She was strong and a force to be reckoned with and a leader and caregiver for her family. She was beautiful and intelligent. She was a wonderful wife, mother, a doting grandmother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend. She lived big and she loved big, and she will be missed big.
Joan was a member of First United Methodist Church.
There will be a memorial service to honor Joan's life on March 19, 2022 at 3:00 p.m, at Blair-Stubbs Funeral home in Mexia.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice, or your church. Or in honor of Joan being a proud military wife, online donations can be made at http://www.honorflightdfw.org.