Joan Johnson-Blackwell

Joan Johnson-BlackwellJoan Stout Johnson-Blackwell, 68, of Lewistown died at 1:25 p.m. April 2, 2012, at OSF St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.

She was born Jan. 3, 1944, in Springfield, a daughter of John Sprague Stout and Nancy Jane Halstead Stout. She married Randle Ray Johnson on Nov. 7, 1964, in Chatham. He preceded her in death on June 22, 1986. She then married Robert B. Blackwell on Sept. 1, 1989, in Lewistown.

Surviving are three sisters, Phyllis Stout and Melissa Stout, both of Carrboro, N.C., and Janifer Day of Chatham; one daughter, Jo Ellen Johnson of Springfield; one son, Andrewe William (and Stephanie) Johnson of Lewistown; two stepsons, Steve (and Pam) Blackwell and Barry (and Terresa) Blackwell, both of Lewistown; two grandchildren; and four stepgrandchildren.

She helped organize Fulton County Tourism Council and served eight years as secretary and then president.

She graduated from Glenwood High School and Western Illinois University. She taught gifted classes at Lewistown McNally School and English, speech and drama at Lewistown Community High School. She enjoyed teaching, being a producer and reader for local performances of Masters poetry at Oak Hill Cemetery for Masters Day for 21 years and Spoon River Valley Scenic Drive for over 20 years.

She wrote poetry and free-lance feature articles. She was a publicist for Spoon River Scenic Drive Associates for 28 years.

She served several terms as a director for Fulton County Arts Council; volunteered at Fulton-Mason Crisis Center; Lewistown Food Pantry; a past member of Spoon River Professional Women; and Lewistown Eastern Star.

She was a member of Lewistown United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, United Methodist lay speaker, historian, Ruth Circle member and chairperson for the church's 175th anniversary.

She was a real estate broker/appraiser since 1975. She served as an officer of Fulton County Board of Realtors, MLS and a real estate instructor. She and Randle formed Farm and Home Realty of Lewistown in 1975 and were members of Lewistown Chamber of Commerce.

She used her appraisal experience and medical training as an Illinois disability adjudicator in Springfield.

She helped organize Spoon River Writer's Guild in the 1970s. In retirement, she added a circle of poet friends in Peoria Poetry Club and served as president since 2006.

Services were held Monday at Lewistown United Methodist Church with Reverend Deryck Sonaram officiating. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown. Henry-Lange Memorial Home in Lewistown was in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Lewistown Food Pantry or Fulton County 4-H.

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Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 4/4/2012 (pending) and 4/11/2012

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