|Birth: ||Jun. 29, 1944|
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 2009|
Goshen (Elkhart County)
JOAN N. ANDREWS
NAPPANEE -- Joan N. Andrews, 65, 69606 C.R. 9 died Friday (Dec. 11, 2009) at 3:35 a.m. in Goshen General Hospital after an extended illness dating to 2007.
She was born June 29, 1944, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Rev. Ross Noffsinger and Mary Stone. She married Larry Andrews on Aug. 9, 1964, at Union Center Church of the Brethren.
He survives along with one son, Jon (Alison) Andrews of Wakarusa; two daughters, Jennifer (Ty) Martin and Janelle (Carl) Salinas, both of Nappanee; eight grandchildren; and two brothers, Ted (Sue) Noffsinger of Elkhart and Stan (Debbie) Noffsinger of Elgin, Ill.
Thompson-Lengacher and Yoder Funeral Homes, 950 N. Main St., Nappanee, is handling arrangements. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Nappanee Missionary Church Chapel and an hour prior to the funeral service, which will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, also at the church. Officiating will be her brother, Stan Noffsinger, and her son, Jon Andrews. Burial will be in Union Center East Cemetery.
Mrs. Andrews moved to Nappanee in 1958 from Springfield, Ohio, and graduated from Nappanee High School in 1962. She received an associate degree in Bible from the World Harvest Bible College and a degree in organizational management from Bethel College. She was a minister at the former Ark Church in Nappanee and founder of Family Christian Development Center, or FCDC, which began as a food pantry but expanded to serve the varied needs of its clients -- food, shelter, clothing, rent and utility assistance. She worked with local doctors to offer free baby-well checkups and shots and partnered with local pharmacies and major drug companies to provide free prescription medications. She co-founded Aim Straight Marriage and Families to counsel FCDC clients. She helped in the Pleasant Acres development in Nappanee and the renovation of the former Central school building, helping secure grants for the senior housing section of the building. She worked with Habitat for Humanity and the Harrison Ridge project. She started the FCDC's Christmas Jubilee to help families with gifts and food for the holidays before retiring from the group in 2006. She served on the board of directors of the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives for the state of Indiana, was named Executive Director of the Year for United Way of Elkhart County in 2007 and in 2006 helped the FCDC get the Indiana Achievement Sustainability Award, given to nonprofit organizations. She attended Nappanee Missionary Church and was active in Servant's Heart Small Church.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Joan Andrews Memorial Fund.
Union Center East Cemetery
Created by: Jackie & Ralph
Record added: Dec 13, 2009
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