Joan R. Wingard

July 3, 1930June 16, 2020

LEXINGTON – Joan Rush Wingard, 89, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Born on July 3, 1930 in Columbia, SC to William Hoyt Rush and Mary Ellen Rhoden Rush of Lugoff, SC, she was a graduate of Camden High School, the Baptist Hospital Nursing School, and earned her BSN in Nursing from USC.

Joan dedicated her life to caring for others; patients, friends, and family. She retired from the Lexington County Health Department in 1986. She enjoyed being an active member at Pilgrim Lutheran Church and participating in the Lexington Home Extension Club. She enjoyed her frequent trips to Edisto Beach where she loved to collect shells and shark teeth. Her favorite pastimes included playing cards, crafting, keeping in touch with her family, porch swinging and singing, being a Nana and spoiling her grandchildren and great-grandchildren who she adored.

The end of her ministry was spent at the Presbyterian Home of Columbia keeping the staff entertained and educated on life! McLeod Home Care provided her with compassionate, loving care during the pandemic. The family is forever grateful to these teams. Joan was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Richard Lee Wingard of Lexington, and her brother, William Hoyt Rush, Jr. of Camden. Surviving are her children, Ricky Wingard (Becky) of Lexington, Joe Wingard (Sandy) of Albany, GA, Tim Wingard (Myra) of Arlington, VA, Angela Wingard-Brusch (Matt) of Vienna, VA, Leigh Peterson (Joe) of Boca Raton, FL; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

On Saturday, June 20, 2020, a private family ceremony will be held at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, followed by a public graveside service around noon at Pilgrim Lutheran Church Cemetery, 1430 N. Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29072.

Memorials may be made to Pilgrim Lutheran Church Building Fund, 1430 N. Lake Drive, Lexington, SC 29072; 803-359-9421.


  • Pilgrim Lutheran Church Building Fund


  • Visitation

    Friday, June 19, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, June 20, 2020


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Melisa McLeod

June 20, 2020

Mrs. Wingard was a wonderful woman. The time I spent with her was always conversational without the TV we would sit for hours and chat about Lexington. She was a huge believer in family and especially loved her kids. God gave me time with her that I will cherish forever. You are laughing and dancing in Heaven my friend.

Claudette Holliday

June 20, 2020

Joan will be missed in our community. She was a wonderful neighbor, neighbor and friend.

Patricia Niemer

June 19, 2020

Ricky so sorry to hear the news of your mom’s passing. My prayers are with all of you during this sad time. Love Aunt Pat Niemer

Kristen Maus

June 18, 2020

Leigh, your mother was a beautiful, loving, caring soul. I know she will be remembered for how she brightened the day of those around her. We wish your family Peace and hope you find comfort in remembering her smile.

Kris, Joe and the Boys

Mark Balser

June 18, 2020

Ms. Wingard was a very sweet person, looked forward to her showing up in front of the Market on the golf cart. Loved her grapefruit, and lb. cakes.....haha. She will be missed.... walking with big guy...

Wendy Wingard-Gay

June 18, 2020

Leigh, Angela, Joey, Tim, and Ricky,

We are so sorry for your loss. I don't think I will ever forget the trip to the mountains with your parents and our parents and the boys teaching us how to crab with leftover steak bones and strings in the mountain streams and then a turn around to Edisto beach. Good memories and good times with both Joan and Richard!

Love to all you--

Ruth Wilsonr

June 18, 2020

Joan and I were close neighbors near her home for 13 years. Our daughters went to camp t. .together

Joyce Carter

June 18, 2020

So sorry to hear this news! I have fond memories of growing up as a neighbor to all of you. Mrs. Joan was also so kind to keep up with our family as the years went by. Praying for peace and the comfort of your many wonderful memories at this time!

Michelle Nienhius

June 17, 2020

My thoughts and prayers are with you. Ms.Joan was a sweet, kind and caring lady and a very active member of the church. She will be missed-especially in the choir. Prayers for comfort at this time of loss.

Michelle Nienhius