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Joan Ellen Stobart

July 26, 1932 June 21, 2020
Joan Ellen Stobart
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Obituary for Joan Ellen Stobart

Joan Ellen Stobart was born on July 26, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, one of seven children born to Mildred Velma (nee. Janes) Miller. Joan grew up in Detroit and as a child, always loved nature and the different seasons of the year. Her favorite season was summer when her family camped all summer long at Island Lake State Park in Brighton, Michigan. When in junior high school, she discovered her love of art as a way of expressing her feelings. One of her favorite artists was Winslow Homer who painted great pictures of the sea. To pursue her interest in art, she attended Cass Technical High School in Detroit where she studied commercial art. She went on to work at Lake Survey/Army Corp of Engineers as a cartographer (map maker) where she met her husband, Bill Stobart to whom she was married for sixty-five years.
Joan’s love of the water brought them to Cedar Island Lake, White Lake, Michigan in 1964 where Bill and Joan raised their three daughters, Susan, Nancy and Jean. The family enjoyed boating and skiing with family and many dear friends over the years. Joan, along with her daughter Nancy, owned Stobart’s Embroidery and Apparel Inc. for twelve successful years. Joan was always civic minded, was an active member of the Cedar Shores Homeowner’s Association, Lakeland High School Band Boosters and the White Lake Township Business Association. Joan was an accomplished watercolor artist who also created beautiful pen and ink drawings of historic homes in Milford Michigan. Following retirement, Bill and Joan moved to their dream home on the Gulf of Mexico in Bonita Springs, Florida where they made many good friends and were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs. Joan was an active member of the Art Leagues in Fort Myers Beach and Bonita Springs, winning many prestigious awards for her beautiful paintings of Florida landscapes that she loved so much.
Joan will be remembered by her fun loving spirit, active lifestyle and the way she cared for others. Her legacy will live on forever through her paintings that will be treasured for generations to come.
Joan was preceded in death by the “love of her life”, her husband, Bill Stobart, sister Dorothy Price (Howard), Shirley Miller, brother James Miller and special brother-in-law, Homer Evans. She will be especially missed by her daughters, Susan (Jerry) Stobart Ross, Nancy (Danny Mitch) Stobart-Mitch and Jean Stobart Hall; grandchildren, Weston (Andrea) Ross, Jesse Ross (fiancé Ashley Mikel), Nicole (Stephen) Dunevant, Amber (Nicholas) Nesan, William Mitch, Kyle Hall, Casey Hall, Bobbie Hall; great-grandchildren, Hailey, Greysen, Chase Ross, Sydney Dunevant, Philip Nesan, Benjamin Nesan; sister, Hazel Evans, brothers, Robert (Martha) Miller, Thomas (Sharon) Miller, as well as nieces, nephews and extended family members.

The family would like to thank Corpore Sano Home Health & Hospice and Edgewood Senior Homes staff for their compassionate care of both our mother and father.

An annual art award will be established in Joan’s name at the Fort Myers Beach Art Association (FMBAA). If you would like to contribute to this award in her honor, donations may be sent to the FMBAA, P.O. Box 2359, Ft. Myers Beach FL 33932.
Please note on the check that the donation is for the Joan Stobart award.


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