January 31, 2008

(8/16/1941 – 1/21/2008)

Audra Joan Lovelace died at Centerpoint Medical Center, Independence, MO, on January 21, 2008, from pulmonary fibrosis.

Audra, who was known to most as Joan, was born Audra Joan Tillatson in Jefferson City, MO on August 16, 1941.

She was raised in northeast Missouri, and from the age of two lived in the town of Gorin. She graduated from Gorin High School in 1959, and attended Missouri State Teachers College (now Truman State University) in Kirksville, graduating with a teaching degree in 1963. She moved to Independence, MO, where she met Richard Lovelace. They married August 8, 1964, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Gorin. Their marriage was blessed with three children, son, Darin Richard, and daughters, Audra Kay and Tracy Lyn.

Joan had a great love for family and church. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and participating in school activities with them. She and Richard joined Susquehanna Baptist Church in Independence in 1968, and she served in numerous capacities of leadership there, recently as treasurer.

Joan had a great love for learning and teaching. She was a teacher in the Fort Osage School District for 25 years, retiring in 2000. She spent most of her time as a teacher at Elm Grove Elementary School. She obtained a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

She is survived and lovingly remembered by her husband, Richard of Independence, MO; two brothers, Marlyce (Doralyn) Tillatson of Newtown Square, PA, and Archal “Buddy” Tillatson of the home; son Darin Lovelace (Marcia Kilpatrick) of Durant, IA; daughters, Audra (Robert) Koning and Tracy (Jim) Cory, both of Independence, MO; nieces, Gerri (Gary) Specht of West Chester, PA, and Teresa (Brooks) Adams of Malvern, PA. She is survived by 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held at the Susquehanna Baptist Church in Independence, MO January 24, 2008. Pastor Rich Jordan presided. Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the church. Funds will be distributed between the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis and the Scholarship Fund of Fort Osage High School.

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