August 20, 1928 – November 22, 2021
Joan McCasland Clevenger was born to Joe and Belle Daniel McCasland in Caddo County, Oklahoma, August 20, 1928. She lived an incredible life of God’s divine intervention, including her last days on earth. She arrived Home November 22, 2021.
When a young girl, Joan and two of her brothers were sent to Tipton Children’s Home due to her mom’s illness and inability to take care of them. Mom lived there until she graduated from high school as salutatorian. She then became a student at Abilene Christian College (University). It was there she met her husband, Deryl Clevenger. Right after Deryl’s graduation from ACC, their daughter Iona was born and almost immediately, they moved to Tulia, Texas to farm. While farming north of Tulia, daughter Dee Anne and son Duane were born.
Later, the farming family moved near Hart, Texas, and that’s where they remained the rest of their lives. Joan loved the farm life, and is known for her canned and frozen vegetables. She spent many years substitute teaching in Hart. She was part of several civic and school groups and Cub and Girl Scout leader.
Deryl and Joan were active in the Edmonson and later, Garland Street Churches of Christ. There are few in either of those congregations that did not eat at their table. Joan has been remembered as a great cook. She also was a wonderful seamstress, making the girls’ clothes until they were married well into college. Later, she and her dear friend Wanda Miller, sewed thousands of little dresses for needy children in Nicaragua. After Deryl’s death in 2017, she kept busy baking and sharing hundreds of loaves of fruit bread. It was really difficult for her to do nothing, and even in her last months kept asking “What am I supposed to be doing?”
Joan was preceded in death by Deryl, son Duane, her parents, brothers Jack, Gene, John and half-brother Eugene. She is survived by daughters Iona (Neil) Baldridge, Dee (Dale) Gannaway, and Marie, grandchildren Lisa Kretzschmer, Stephen Baldridge, Kristan Gannaway, Geoff Gannaway, Guy Scoggin, Gary Clevenger, Scott Clevenger, Chris Clifford and great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren too numerous to count, and sister-in-law Vonda Woolsey. She knew her life was extremely blessed.
Memorials may be made to The Tipton Home, PO Box 370, Tipton, OK 73570-9989 or Lubbock Christian University, 5601 W. 19th, Lubbock, TX, 79407.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.resthavenfuneralhome.com for the Clevenger family.
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December 2, 2021
Joan Clevenger was my second mother. She and Wanda Miller spent alot of time sewing, canning, and enjoying each other. I can remember lots of meals and 42 game nights with the kids all playing around the house while our parents enjoyed each other's company. Joan's smile and positive Christian example are foundations in my life that helped me to be successful and a Christian. She was a strong example of a Christian wife, mother, sister, and friend.
November 29, 2021
One of the best friends, my mother says she ever had. Mary Ellen Grose. We are saddened to hear of the passing. Class mates 1947, Tipton High School. Till we meet again.
Mary Ellen Grose
November 24, 2021
I remember Joan teaching me in Bible Class at Hart Church Of Christ. She was a lovely and caring woman.
November 23, 2021
Joan Clevenger was my aunt. She married my mother’s brother, Deryl. I grew up visiting and sometimes got to spend the night at their house which was great because their children were around our age also. I remember Joan’s laugh because she laughed genuinely which made me want to laugh! When my daughter got married, Deryl and Joan flew here, to Georgia for the occasion. They visited on other occasions which was wonderful as we got to have a great time together, especially touring old Savannah.
Deryl and Joan shared so much with so many over the years. Always sharing and doing for others because they were Christians first. Now, God has prepared a place for them.
My prayers and love go to Iona and DeeAnn at this time, and longer.
November 23, 2021
I met sweet Joan and Deryl at Garland street. Her stories were so fascinating and reminded us of why she was so remarkable! She attained success in every aspect of life and was such a great example. She was more than a “grandmother” type figure in my life as she quickly became a best friend. I knew I could share anything with her and I knew she’d keep my stories safe. I knew she’d always be honest in her opinions and advice. I also knew she never judged but only loved me. I too, dined at her table, enjoyed the (what seemed like) endless breads, and listened to her stories. I couldn’t get enough of these things.
She will be in my heart forevermore ♥️
I’m thankful for her family, who entrusted and allowed me to be her friend. Prayers of comfort and peace for each of you.
In Christian love,