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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Obituary: Sarah B. (Joan) Dove

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  • Sarah B. (Joan) Dove was born at the “home place” just outside of Helena, Okla., on Jan. 26, 1917, to Amos and Martha Kealiher. Her father Amos was a part of the land rush when Oklahoma Territory was opened. School was an important part of life at the Kealiher house, and with nine brothers and sisters, they could have made their own classroom. There are many stories of riding horses to school and sharing one horse between three children. Sarah, shortly after graduating from high school in Helena, moved to Hutchinson, where she and a couple of sisters decided to change her name. They picked one that lasted just a day, then settled on Joan — which has stuck with her for a lifetime. Many folks most likely don’t know her real name was Sarah. While in Hutchinson, she attended Adela Hale Business College, later moving to Newton. She met Richard E. (Dick) Dove, and they went to Oklahoma City with friends Gerald and Eileen Fowler to get married on May 1, 1937. Joan worked at the phone company in her early years and then became the office manager at J.C. Penny’s in Newton. As a member of First Baptist Church in Newton for more than 70 years, she was active in many different ways, including Sunday School teacher and work in the library. She loved to be a part of a larger family while taking care of her family at home. She and Dick loved to travel with friends and family. Joan and Dick had three children: Sandra, Karen and Kent. They were married for 63 years when Dick died in 2000. Sandra died in her first day of life; Karen Ash and husband, Gil, live in Hutchinson; and Kent and spouse, Joquetta, live in rural Sedgwick. In addition, Joan is survived by five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one sister, Carolyn Kealiher of Lakewood, Colo.; and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday (Sept. 26, 2012) at First Baptist Church of Newton. Visitation will be from 1 to 9 p.m. today (Sept. 25, 2012) at Petersen Funeral Home of Newton. The family will be present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. to greet friends. Memorial suggestions are for First Baptist Church, Asbury Park and Harry Hynes Hospice, in care of Petersen Funeral Home.
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