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Joan DeWitt

January 14, 1931 — July 26, 2020

A Funeral Mass for Joan DeWitt, age 89, of Spirit Lake, will be held Friday, July 31, 2020 at 10:30AM at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake with Father Paul Kelly officiating. Burial will be at St. Margarets Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:00AM with a Rosary at 9:30AM at the church. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake.

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Joan Marie DeWitt was born January 14, 1931 in Sioux City, Iowa to Peter and Mary (Thomas) Bennett. She grew up in Sioux City and attended St. Boniface Grade School as well as Cathedral High School, where she graduated in 1948.

Joan married William (Buck) DeWitt on March 3, 1952. They raised six children with strong faith in the Lord and a firm focus on family. Joan and Buck raised their children in Red Oak, Iowa and in 1997, retired to Spirit Lake, Iowa. Joan always loved family gatherings which in her later years, she centered mostly around fun at the lakes. Family Christmas celebrations soon transitioned from December to July at the lake (for obvious reasons) when all her family could be together. Joan enjoyed reading, playing piano, sewing, making dolls, playing bridge and discussing current events. Joan became known as Mimi to her precious grand and great grandchildren - she cherished the time she spent with them. Most evenings you could find Joan on her porch enjoying the simple pleasures of sunsets, hummingbirds and sail boats floating by on Big Spirit, while listening to the many conversations of her loved ones and sharing her thoughts with them. She had great wisdom and we were blessed to have learned so much from her.

Joan passed away Sunday, July 26, 2020 at Lawton Senior Living Care facility at eighty-nine years of age.

Left to treasure her memory are her beloved sister, Mary Ann (Dee) and her husband, Dennis Metcalf, of Castle Rock, Colorado; three daughters, Chris (Chuck) Hoelker of Kingsley, Iowa, Ann (Kurt) Nash of Kingsley, Iowa and Ellen DeWitt of Spirit Lake, Iowa; three sons, Bill (Katie) DeWitt of Shoreview, Minnesota, Joe (Cyndi) DeWitt of New Braunfels, Texas and Peter (Amy) DeWitt of Minnetonka, Minnesota; eleven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, William (Buck) DeWitt and her brother, Pat Bennett.
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