Joanne M. Dillon

Joanne M. Dillon, 73, of Parsons passed away at her home at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019.

Joanne Marie House was born on Jan. 23, 1947, to Everett and Marion (Sowa) House in Fairbanks, Alaska. When Joanne was 3, she and her family moved to Seward, Alaska, where she grew up and attended school. Upon graduation from high school in 1964, Joanne moved to Anchorage, where she earned her associate’s degree in nursing.

In 1969, Joanne came to Parsons to be near her sister, Judith Carolyn Hicks. Joanne earned her registered nurse’s license from Labette Community College and began her nursing career at Labette County Medical Center. She began as an OB-GYN nurse, later becoming an operating room nurse. She briefly left Labette County Medical Center to work at the Parsons Clinic as the first nurse for Dr. Agnes Aves. Joanne then returned to Labette County Medical Center, retiring as the operating room nurse director in 1995.

Joanne married Dr. William L. “Lonnie” Dillon on Aug. 28, 1993. Joanne and Lonnie traveled and made numerous friends around the world.

Joanne’s greatest joys were her family and friends. She especially enjoyed preparing home-cooked meals for them while talking near a fire. She also enjoyed dancing, reading and mowing her lawn. 

Survivors include her husband, Dr. William L. “Lonnie” Dillon, of the home; her children, Angela Trimble of Prairie Village and Dev Beeson (Leigh) of Parsons; three stepsons, Rob Dillon (Angie) of Girard, Stan Dillon (Miranda) of Olathe and Cory Dillon (Natasha) of Independence; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren, Kaisley and Kendyn Trimble-Thomas.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Judith Carolyn Hicks; and her two brothers, Michael Everett House and Edward Donald House.

A celebration of life service will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Parsons Elks Lodge. 

Memorials are suggested to the Labette Health Foundation. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.

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