Johna Elizabeth (Craton) Goade was born Sept. 5, 1937 on Oliver’s Prairie, near Newtonia, the daughter of John and Alvira (Stevens) Craton.

Johna Elizabeth (Craton) Goade was born Sept. 5, 1937 on Oliver’s Prairie, near Newtonia, the daughter of John and Alvira (Stevens) Craton.

She departed this life on Aug. 24, 2018, at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, following a short illness at the age of 80 years, 11 months and 19 days.

Johna attended Granby Schools, graduating in 1955. She married her childhood sweetheart, Harry Neil Goade on Aug. 22, 1959 and he preceded her in death on June 5, 2001.

Johna began her working career at First National Bank in Neosho at the age of 19 and retired in 2002 from Southwest Missouri Bank. Johna loved music and led the choir at Newtonia Baptist Church, where she sang solos, in quartets with Neil, Phyllis Trammel and Jim Riggs, and as a member of the choir. She often sang in community choir concerts as well as with the First Baptist Church in Neosho. Johna was an avid genealogist and had traced her family roots back through each of her family lines. A highlight of Johna’s retired years was taking her only granddaughter, Sarah Goade to Scotland to the Craton Castle. Johna believed in living a life to help others. She volunteered in several service organizations, including Meals on Wheels, Soroptimist for Women Business Leaders, and Oliver’s Prairie Friends Mission Group. She was a past member of the Newtonia Baptist Church where she served faithfully for many years. She then became a member of the First Baptist Church in Neosho and continued to serve her God. Johna is survived by her son, John Neil Goade and his wife, Paula and her granddaughter, Sarah Goade; a dear friend, Roy Cochran and special friend, Cathy Sheehy.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by her aunt, Vera Ruth Scheer. Visitation will held from 5:30 until 7 p.m., today at Clark Funeral Home in Granby. Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 29, 2018 at the Clark Funeral Home Chapel in Granby; Dr. Todd Decker will officiate. Interment will follow in the Newtonia IOOF Cemetery and serving as pallbearers will be John Mark Johnson, Rob Goade, Larry Dahnke, Steve Goade, Mike Goade and Garett Dowell. Contributions may be made to Crowder College Foundation Scholarship, c/o Clark Funeral Home, PO Box 26, Granby, MO 64844.

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Services are under the direction of Clark Funeral Home, Granby.