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Joan F. (O’Neal) Read

July 6, 1932 - July 8, 2021

Joan F. (O’Neal) Read, age 89, of Newark, DE, passed away and went Home to her Lord on Thursday, July 8, 2021 with her children by her side.

Born in Wilmington, DE on July 6, 1932, she was employed as a secretary for Salem United Methodist Church for several years, but loved being a homemaker most of her life. She was very dedicated to her family and cherished the opportunity to be a mother. Joan was an avid reader who was very dedicated to her religious faith.

Joan is preceded in death by her husband, Elmer E. Read, Jr.; daughter, MaryBeth Huey; brother, James Bader; beloved aunt, Anne Brown; and her parents, Josephine Blawn and Paul O’Neal.  She is survived by her sons, Elmer “Butch” Read III (Elizabeth) and Franklin “Bud” Read (Dorinda); daughters, Linda Read and Donna Pleasanton; sister, Peggy Cook (Darwin); brother, Robert O’Neal (Maria), and son-in-law, Christopher Huey.  She is also survived by her treasured grandchildren, Stephen (Tara), Kyle, Frank, Gregory (Jackie), Christina (Marisa), Joshua, Melissa, Nathan, Jonathan; and 6 great-grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 11 am until 12 noon on Friday, July 23, 2021 at Salem United Methodist Church, 469 Salem Church Rd, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will be held at 12 noon. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Joan’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106, or online by clicking here.

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17 Guestbook messages for Joan F. (O’Neal) Read

  • Bud, Dorinda, and the entire Read Family,
    Our deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved, Joan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all right now.

  • Many wishes for feelings of peace and love for each person whose life has been touched by the life lived as Joan. Her life continues on through your memories. My deepest condolences.

  • She will be missed by me.

  • Sending so much love from CO. We are so grateful to have known your mom (Mommom), she was a really incredible woman, and leaves a beautiful legacy in her family.

  • I am sorry for your loss. Keeping you and your family in my prayers.

  • Such a lovely lady

  • Dear Donna, Nathan and Melissa,
    Cherish the memories of your Mom (Mom mom) and find comfort in knowing that she is finally at peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    All Our Love,
    Cheri, Jerry & Grace

  • Joan was a very sweet lady always had a smile and nice to every one, I know you will miss her terribly. May she rest in peace she is suffering no more and is in heaven
    With our heavenly Father.

  • To Butch, Betsy and the Read Family,
    So sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.

  • RIP Joan. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends during this time.

  • So to hear your kind hearted beautiful mom has passed. I remember her always having a smile on her face and in her heart. Bless you all for your loss❣️

  • Butch, Bud and family i am thinking of you and keeping you all in my prayers.

  • Bud & Family
    Our deepest condolences to you and your family on the loss. May you find comfort and peace in your cherished memories.

    Psalms 34:18 Jehovah is near to those that are broken at heart; And those who are crushed in spirit he saves.

  • I’m so very grateful to have had her love and guidance as my second Mom! Sending our love and condolences to the entire Read family,
    Meg, Jack, Phyllis, Leigh and Marian 💝

  • To all the Reads. I was lucky to have your Mom as a neighbor in my childhood and as an adult living in Fairfield. A truly beautiful, wise, and gracious friend. I am hoping all the good memories will ease your sorrow. With love, Midge

  • A beautiful video tribute to your Mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. We pray the memories you hold dear will be a comfort to you in the days ahead. Joan was a very sweet lady and I have fond memories of her through the years. Love and blessings.