JoAnn Williams, 86, of Lee’s Summit, passed away February 21, 2021 from congestive heart failure.
JoAnn was born on 5/22/1934 in KCMO to William F. Talley and Patricia Martin Talley. She married Leo F. Goldsby, Jr. on 5/16/1953. They raised four children in Independence, MO and were members of Nativity of Mary Parish. Leo passed away on 12/27/1980. On 6/27/1986, JoAnn married William H. Williams and spent 30 years in Lee’s Summit. They were members of St. Margaret’s of Scotland. Bill passed away on 6/28/2016.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, husband Leo F. Goldsby, Jr., husband William H. Williams, grandson Michael G. Francis, and great-granddaughters Lillian F. and Annabelle E. Zwahlen.
Survivors include her children Lucinda (Ray) Francis, Greenwood, AR; Juliana (Ron) Higgerson, KCMO; Philip Goldsby and Jennifer Weideman, Durham, NC; and Elizabeth Goldsby, KCMO. She leaves 9 grandkids: Amy (Ray) Ottman, Fort Smith, AR; Sara (Craig) Zwahlen, Blue Springs, MO; Michael’s widow, Charlotte Francis, Jacksonville, FL; Cameron (Julia) Higgerson, Lucas Higgerson, Adam (Vanessa) Scott, Ryan Gilbreth, and Alex Cox, all of KCMO; Emma and Ava Goldsby, Overland Park, KS. JoAnn also leaves 14 great-grandkids: Sean & Noah Ottman; Olivia Zwahlen; Hayley Widell-Searls, Kelsey, Aubrey & Leo Francis; Maggie & Teddy Higgerson; Reece & Delilah Higgerson; Brennan Scott; Harper & Liam Gilbreth.
JoAnn loved life but especially her family. She was so proud of all of them and delighted in hearing stories and getting pictures. She was an avid Chiefs fan and adored Patrick Mahomes. Her family believes she waited until baby girl Mahomes was here safely before passing.
COVID-19 robbed her and her family of much needed physical touch.
Funeral Mass service will be 2:00 PM Friday Feb. 26, 2021 at St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church in Lee’s Summit, MO. Visitation will be prior to services from 1:00 – 2:00PM. Burial will be private with family. The funeral will be live streamed at stmos.org.
If you would like to make a donation in JoAnn’s memory, please send to Ascend Hospice, 783 NE Anderson Lane, Lee’s Summit, MO 64064. They cannot accept cash.