Joan, youngest of eight siblings, was born on Aug. 25, 1933 in Monett, Mo., the daughter of the late Urey Witt Jenkins and Myrtle Tennessee (Cannady) Jenkins.
She graduated from Monett High School with the class of 1951 and was a member of the Fundamental Methodist Church in Monett.
Joan was not only a homemaker, she also had worked at G&R Industries and Olympia Foundry. She had owned and operated a ceramic shop, as well as she and her husband owned and operated Coatney Trucking. She also enjoyed knitting and her time singing and reading, especially the Bible.
On Nov. 22, 1955 in Monett, Joan Jenkins and Bill Edward Coatney, Sr. were united in marriage. To this union, six children were born. Bill preceded her in death on March 3, 2007. Joan was also preceded in death by three brothers, Landon, Billy Joe and Bobby Jack Jenkins; and four sisters, Jerry Lewis, Maxine Ramsey, Virginia Henderson and Wilma Davis.
Survivors include two sons, Bill Coatney, Jr. and wife, Benita, of Ozark, Mo. and Mark Coatney and wife, Penni, of Monett; four daughters, Marsee Massey and husband, Steven, of Van Buren, Ark., Joni Clayton and husband, Keith, of Cape Fair, Mo., Lori Timbrook and husband, Richard, of Wentworth, Mo. and Lace Christy, of Aurora, Mo.; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews
Funeral services for Mrs. Coatney were held at on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at the Buchanan Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ronnie Howerton officiating. Interment was in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Monett. Memorial contributions can be made to the Senior Citizens Center in care of the funeral home.
Arrangements are under the personal care of Buchanan Funeral Home, Monett.