She was born in Johnson City, Tennessee, a daughter of the late Clarence Clifton “Brownie” and Bert Riddle Allison. In addition to his parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 16 years in 1982, William “Bill” Dearden; and one sister, Carol Allison Campbell.
Joan was a graduate Training School “University High” in 1951, and attended Duke University and ETSU. Over her life, she served in many hospitals as a Radiologist. She was a member of ETWNC Historical Society, and the Alliance for Continued Learning Group from ETSU. She had a love and passion for trains. She loved to travel, play rummy cube, having talks over the dinner table and dancing in the kitchen after dinner.
She is survived by her Loving Companion and Sweet Heart, Richard Koepper, of Johnson City, TN; and several cousins.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 8, 2020 from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Monte Vista Funeral Home. Funeral Service will follow at 2:00 PM with Pastor Pat Locke officiating. Committal Service and Interment will follow in the Garden of the Last Supper at Monte Vista Memorial Park.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to her family, friends, neighbors, and all the staff of 6200 at JCMC for all their love and care that was shown.
Consider memorial contributions to be sent to the Carter Railroad Museum-ETSU, PO Box 70721, Johnson City, TN 37614.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the Dearden family by visiting www.montevistafunerals.com.
Arrangements especially for Mrs. Joan Allison Dearden and her family have been made through Monte Vista Funeral Home & Memorial Park, 1900 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN; 423-282-2631.