JoAn was the mother of two girls. She was married to Bud McCartney. She died at the age of 18 years as the result of a gunshot wound. She spent several days in the hospital before passing away. She was unable to speak but able to nod to questions from her family.
Her daughters were in the care of her parents until her mother suffered a heart attack. Family members, specifically her aunt Elizabeth and her great aunt adopted the girls.
JoAn was buried next to her sister Janet, who had died two years earlier. They share a gravestone that was designed by their brothers and sisters over twenty years later.