Joanne E. Hedges, 77, a resident of Sterling, passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2013, at Oswego Hospital.
Born in Oswego on March 9, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Hazel Murray.
She was raised in Oswego the youngest of five children.
Joanne met Royal Hedges in Oswego when he was serving in the U. S. Army at Ft. Drum, they were married and deployed to France to help with rebuilding the war torn country and were a military family for 25 years.
All of her children were girls until she eventually got her prayers answered and gave birth to a son, Royal Hedges Jr. the youngest child, after trying for so many years.
Joanne worked as a nurse’s aide at Meadowbrook Manor Nursing Home for 25 years and lived in Hannibal.
After retirement, she was well cared for by her family and children.
She lived in Fair Haven for 7 years before relocating to the Sterling area in 2006.
Joanne was a kind woman who enjoyed family and neighbors and made sure her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were remembered on their birthdays.
She has always been very outgoing and sociable.
Joanne enjoyed church and prayer meetings, keeping a clean house and most of all cooking.
She was famous for lemon meringue pie, which her husband loved.
Royal Hedges Sr., her husband of 46 years, passed away in 2000; a daughter, Amy Lovejoy, in 2010; and was predeceased by three sisters.
Surviving are her six children, Royal (Mary) Hedges Jr. of Goodyear AZ, Vicky (Ean) Tennant of Sterling, Nancy (Terry) Zukovsky of Leesport, PA, Patricia (Mark) Sampson of Wolcott, Tammy Hedges of Elbridge and Kimberly (Paul) Martindale of Wolcott; a sister, Betty Martin; 16 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, many nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at Sterling Christian Church, 1161 State Route 104A, Sterling, NY, with funeral services to follow at 2 p.m.
Burial will be in Hannibal Village Cemetery in Hannibal.
Foster Funeral Home in Hannibal has care of arrangements.
Foster Funeral Home, Inc.