Joanne Abarr died May 5, 2013

Joanne Abarr, 84, of Heber Springs, Arkansas went to be with Lord on Sunday, May 5, 2013. She was born February 20, 1929 to Roy and Wilma James in Decatur, Illinois. Joanne was a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a retired Kindergarten teacher with the Decatur School System. For many years Joanne also enjoyed teaching young children in Sunday School. Joanne had a talent for playing the piano.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Abarr, and her parents.

Joanne is survived by two daughters: Carol Pielemeier and her husband, Jerry, of Kirkland, Washington and Cheryl Grass and her husband, Larry, of St. Louis, Missouri; four grandchildren: Christina (Bradley) Harlan, Charity (Michael) Lloyd, Elizabeth Christensen, and David Christensen; one great-grandson, Jonathan Rushing; and several friends.

Visitation was from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at Heber Springs Funeral Home. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Wednesday at Heber Springs Funeral Home with interment in Cleburne County Memorial Gardens. Please visit to view Joanne’s obituary or call (501) 887-9152 for more information.