OBITUARY

Joan Keys Lowe Wilson Ellington

April 16, 1936August 28, 2021
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Joan Keys Lowe Wilson Ellington, 85, lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease on August 28, 2021 – She fought hard with grace and dignity just like she did every other challenge she encountered in life. The world has lost a special lady – for those who knew and loved her, our world has changed forever. Family will receive friends at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, on Monday evening, August 30, from 6 until 8 o’clock. Her life will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, with family reception beginning at 12:30 and services beginning at 2 o’clock, at Snow’s on Cherry Street. Burial will follow, in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Joan Ellington to: Wildwood Health and Rehab, 184 Pin Hook Road, Talking Rock, GA 30175.

Joan was born in Bonaire, Georgia to the late James Franklin, Sr. and Maddie Florence Keys. She graduated from Miller High School. With the exception of the last several months, Joan lived her entire life in Macon, GA. No matter what bad situation was happening in her life, she always found the silver lining. During her life she lost three husbands and her son, but she always bounced back from each tragic loss with a new-found optimistic look on life. And she taught others around her to find the same optimism no matter what situation they were dealing with. Joan was an inspiration to so many throughout her life. Young or old she was able to connect with people, and once she connected, she was never forgotten.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, James Franklin and Maddie Florence Keys; first husband, Elton Elwood Lowe; second husband, Carl Thanette Wilson; third husband, Samuel Keen Ellington; son, Michael Elton Lowe; brothers, James F. Keys and Grover P. Keys.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son in law, Sherri and Markham White of Ellijay, Georgia; daughter in law, Holly Lowe of Centerville, Georgia; sister, Faye and Phil Peterson of Warner Robins, Georgia; brother, Harold and Flo Keys of Macon, Georgia; many loving nieces, nephews and lifelong friends, in which there are too many to mention.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences for the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street.

  • FAMILY

  • Left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son in law, Sherri and Markham White of Ellijay, Georgia; daughter in law, Holly Lowe of Centerville, Georgia; sister, Faye and Phil Peterson of Warner Robins, Georgia; brother, Harold and Flo Keys of Macon, Georgia; many loving nieces, nephews and lifelong friends, in which there are too many to mention.
  • DONATIONS

  • Wildwood Health & Rehab

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, August 30, 2021

  • Family Reception

    Tuesday, August 31, 2021

  • A Celebration of Life

    Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Memories

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Kati Hartwell

August 30, 2021

You will truly be missed! Jojo (as we call her) was like another grandma for us!! Our thought and prayers are with her family!!

Claudette Crocker

August 30, 2021

Joann was my friend, she held a special place in my heart. She was a 2nd grandmother to Zack, Kati and Nich and watched them grow from infants to young adults. She and I had some "adventures" and shared special memories of them. I loved her very much, she will be greatly missed but heaven has gained a special angel.
Thank you God for allowing me to know her.

Lily Prost

August 30, 2021

Sherri and Markham's love and selflessness for their mom surely helped Ms. Ellington to leave her loved ones in peace. Sherri changed her life to be close to her mom. I am certain while the moments were clear to Ms. Ellington, she was so happy to be with her daughter and rest of the family members who loved her. She is at a better place now. May she rest in peace and may God watch over Sherri and family during this difficult time.

David McGuire

August 29, 2021

Ms Lowe for me was like a second mom. She always took care of her boys. I spent many of evening with Mike at their house and have only fond memories. Rest In Peace and tell Mike I said hello.

Tom & Tracey Dixon

August 29, 2021

We have such fond memories of JoAn. How she loved music-especially Elvis! She always had a smile on her face. And she always welcomed us warmly whenever we saw her.
We send our deepest sympathy to Sherri, Markham, and all of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. We love you guys.
JoAn will be greatly missed.
Tom & Tracey

Wanda Cranford

August 29, 2021

Joan was a lady of grace and dignity - I loved her so much. I will always remember our Girls trips to Panama City Beach and all the fun, good times and laughter we shared. She loved her Rock and Roll music and loved to dance - "I hope you're dancing in the sky and I hope you're singing in the angels choir, and I hope the angels know what they have, I'll bet it's so nice up in heaven since your arrived - I love you Joan and I will forever keep your memory tucked inside my heart and every time I feel my body aching, I will always remember our laughs we shared with saying, I'm stoved up. Rest in Peace now Angel - Until we meet again.

Judith Ross

August 29, 2021

My dear JoAn how you will be missed! You were a holiday treat at my home each year. I looked so forward to Thanksgiving to share with Markham , Sherri and JoAn.
We will all miss her smiling face and wonderful loving presence. Always up for the next adventure.

She was like my family and I will miss her greatly. She was a blessed lady and she knew it to have a doting and loving family as she did.
God bless you all.
Judy

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Biography

Joan Keys Lowe Wilson Ellington, 85, lost her battle with Alzheimer’s disease on August 28, 2021 – She fought hard with grace and dignity just like she did every other challenge she encountered in life. The world has lost a special lady – for those who knew and loved her, our world has changed forever. Family will receive friends at Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street, on Monday evening, August 30, from 6 until 8 o’clock. Her life will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, with family reception beginning at 12:30 and services beginning at 2 o’clock, at Snow’s on Cherry Street. Burial will follow, in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Joan Ellington to: Wildwood Health and Rehab, 184 Pin Hook Road, Talking Rock, GA 30175.

Joan was born in Bonaire, Georgia to the late James Franklin, Sr. and Maddie Florence Keys. She graduated from Miller High School. With the exception of the last several months, Joan lived her entire life in Macon, GA. No matter what bad situation was happening in her life, she always found the silver lining. During her life she lost three husbands and her son, but she always bounced back from each tragic loss with a new-found optimistic look on life. And she taught others around her to find the same optimism no matter what situation they were dealing with. Joan was an inspiration to so many throughout her life. Young or old she was able to connect with people, and once she connected, she was never forgotten.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, James Franklin and Maddie Florence Keys; first husband, Elton Elwood Lowe; second husband, Carl Thanette Wilson; third husband, Samuel Keen Ellington; son, Michael Elton Lowe; brothers, James F. Keys and Grover P. Keys.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter and son in law, Sherri and Markham White of Ellijay, Georgia; daughter in law, Holly Lowe of Centerville, Georgia; sister, Faye and Phil Peterson of Warner Robins, Georgia; brother, Harold and Flo Keys of Macon, Georgia; many loving nieces, nephews and lifelong friends, in which there are too many to mention.

Visit www.snowsmacon.com to express condolences for the family.

Arrangements entrusted to Snow’s Memorial Chapel, Cherry Street.