Joanne Barton (Driggers), 89, of Yakima and formerly of Uniontown and Spokane, passed away peacefully Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at Cottage in the Meadow in Yakima. Joanne was surrounded by her granddaughter, Tara, her grandson, Brandon, and her granddaughter, Molly, who had been with her for the weekend from Spokane, and her daughter, Cathy Bronson, from Texas.
Joanne was born April 13, 1930, in Pawhuska, Okla., to Elvin R. Driggers and Brownie Stanley. Joanne was one of four children raised in Texarkana, Ark. She had two brothers, William and Fred, and one sister, Sara, all of whom preceded her in death.
Joanne’s loving husband, Edward Barton Jr., passed away in 2015, and Joanne was lost without him. Joanne helped raise her brothers and sister and became an excellent cook. No one left her home hungry; in fact, she would send you home with what was left if you didn’t eat it on the first go-around. Joanne was a past president of Chapter PEO Sisterhood in Pullman and a 35-year member. She was a Past Queen of El Karnak Temple No. 6, Daughters of the Nile; and Past Worthy Matron of Audubon Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. She worked with the International Order of Job’s Daughters and was Past Guardian of Bethel 64, Spokane, and Job’s Daughters in Pullman. She also held positions for the state of Washington, Job’s Daughters and Eastern Star, and positions with the international Temple Daughters of the Nile. After moving to Uniontown, she served as Worthy Matron for Eastern Star Chapters in the area. She spent tireless hours volunteering at the Shriners Hospital in Spokane. She was a member of Country Homes Christian Church in Spokane.
Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Barton Jr.; her parents, Brownie Stanley and Elvin Driggers; her brothers, Fred Driggers and William Driggers; sister Sara Lara; her in-laws, Ethel and Edward Barton Sr.; sister-in-law Helen Herrington; and brother-in-law Leroy Herrington. Joanne is survived by her daughter, Cathy (Doug) Bronson, of Kemah, Texas; a son, Alan Barton, of Spokane Valley; a daughter-in-law, Belinda Barton, of Spokane Valley; a granddaughter, Tara (Sean), of Yakima; a grandson, Brandon (Molly), of Spokane Valley; a grandson, Aaron Bronson, of Moscow; and a granddaughter, Alicia (Brian Kvasnicka). She also is survived by several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and one great-granddaughter, Makayla Kvasnicka.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at Cottage in the Meadow for making Mother’s last few days so peaceful and painless. We rest knowing that she is now with Dad, the only place she ever wanted to be. Mother, we miss you.
At Mother’s request, there will be no funeral. She laughed and said she outlived all of her friends, which is just about the truth. Mother was cremated and her ashes will be placed with Dad’s at her request. Tara will be taking ashes with her to Hawaii to spread, as Mom loved Hawaii.
The family requests any donations be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children, P.O. Box 2472, Spokane, WA 99210-2472, or to the Cottage in the Meadow, 1208 S. 48th Ave., Yakima, WA 98902.
Shaw and Sons Funeral Home is caring for the family. Condolences can be shared at www.shawandsons.com.