Joan M. (Pluta) Ward, 86, of Terre Haute passed away Friday, November 20, 2020 at Cobblestone Crossing Health Campus. She was born May 19, 1934 in Montreal, Canada to Dr. John E. Whitworth and Marguerite Millon Whitworth. Growing up Joan loved the family vacations to Bayside, Maine where her family had a cottage. She was a graduate of the University of Maine. Joan spent many years as an addiction counselor. Throughout her life she also loved to volunteer and help others. She volunteered at Regional Hospital working the front desk assisting patrons as they entered and also volunteered at the Strawberry Festival. She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Terre Haute. She loved animals and the many dogs she had over the years. Joan enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family.
Joan is survived by her sons Christopher J. Pluta, Mathew W. Pluta (JoAnne), Mark E. Pluta (Symone), and John Whitworth Pluta (Shannon), daugthers Kelly J. Woodason (Tom) and Tracy L. Goff (Brad), fifteen grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and sister Mary “Mim” Walsh. She is preceded in death by her parents, her first husband of 27 years and father of her sons, Francis J. Pluta whom she married in 1956, second husband Michael A. Ward whom she married in 1986, and brother John M. Whitworth.
Visitation will be held Saturday, November 28, 2020 at DeBaun Springhill Chapel from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Service will begin at 4:00 p.m. Pastor Tom Woodason will be officiating. Online condolences may be made to www.debaunfuneralhomes.com.
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