Joan was born on June 19, 1928 to Elizabeth Flynn and Ed Hogan. She was a proud Kansas City, Missouri native and spent the majority of her life in the 64113 ZIP code. Joan attended St. Peter’s School, Southwest High School, and the University of Missouri Kansas City.
Joan and John were high school sweethearts and married in 1951. They raised seven children together.
Family was the cornerstone of Joan’s life. Number three of four daughters, Joan cherished her lifelong relationships with sisters Patricia, Betty, and Peggy, and with generations that followed them. She truly loved being part of a large clan.
Joan stayed home raising the kids while keeping the books for Country Club Remodelers. After John’s death in 1982, Joan went to work at the Country Club Plaza at Saks 5th Avenue for 25 years. But she wasn’t quite ready for retirement, and went to work at Pryde’s Old Westport, retiring at age 89.
She loved offering superior service, which came naturally to her, as she loved to talk with people and hear their stories. If she got in line at the grocery store behind a stranger, by the time they checked out, she had likely made a new friend. She loved to find the connections between people, and discover the binds that tied every would-be stranger to someone she already knew.
Joan served as the strong matriarch of the family, keeping her children and loved ones close and connected.
Joan was a devout Catholic who drew much strength from her faith. She loved to attend Mass and pray with and over those dearest to her.
Joan was always on the lookout for things that would make her loved ones happy. She might clip an interesting article or recipe from the newspaper and mail it to one of her grandchildren. Joan always had the perfect gift.
Joan didn’t love to cook, but she was a natural host, and her home was the setting for decades of parties.
In true Joan fashion, on her 83rd birthday, she sold her former home at 6950 Edgevale Road and bought a house with a pool in the backyard. Quinly Country Club became the meeting spot for family and friends. Weekend pool parties and weekly summer camp with her great-grandchildren!
Joan is survived by her little sister, Peggy Guignon, her kids, David, Dave Root, Jim (Rie), Anne (Mark), Ellen (Tom), Peg (Grant), sister-in-law Norma Quinly, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandkids and great-grandkids.
As a member of a large family, Joan was preceded in death by many loved ones, especially her husband John, her daughter, Elizabeth Root, and son Joseph.
Services will be Tuesday, April 12, 2022 at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, 2 E. 75 St, Kansas City, MO, beginning with the Rosary at 10 a.m. and funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m.