Mickle, Joan

September 16, 1928 - November 10, 2015

Joan Moffitt Mickle was born in Dallas to Dorothy and George W. Moffitt on Sept. 16, 1928. Surrounded by her loving family, she passed away after a brief battle with cancer on Nov. 10, 2015. Joan was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, William A. Mickle, and mother-in-law Catherine S. Mickle. Survivors include: daughter, Melinda Thomas and her husband, David; son, Steve Mickle and his wife, Helen; and son, Don Mickle and wife, Teri. Grandchildren and their spouses include: Katy Thomas Ramsey and husband, David; Kyle Thomas; Jennifer Mickle Peterson and husband, Jason; Jeremy Mickle and wife, Megan. She delighted in her four great grandchildren: Ava Grace Ramsey, Madeline Claire Ramsey, Raylan James Peterson and Jarrett Wade Peterson.

Joan was raised in University Park, Texas—graduating from Highland Park High School in 1945 and later attended SMU. In 1950 she married her high school sweetheart and love of her life, Bill Mickle. She worked at Forest Avenue High School as school secretary before beginning to raise a family. While raising her children, she was an active volunteer in the community serving as den mother, Brownie leader, PTO president, choir member, United Methodist Women and many more. After her children were grown, Joan began to work closely with her husband in the family owned insurance agency until shortly after his death in 1984. After moving to North Dallas, Joan became a founding member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano where she was a very, active member until her death. She loved her church family, and the many church activities she enjoyed filled her calendar each week.

Joan loved to travel—especially with her family. She enjoyed road trips and cruises, Europe and small Texas towns, day trips and two week excursions. Most of all she enjoyed the people with whom she traveled and the strangers she came to know along the way. Joan was truly someone who never met a stranger. She loved the Dallas Cowboys, Mavericks and Texas Rangers, and always kept up with the scores of her grandkids’ college games. She never missed the annual family trip to Port Aransas at Thanksgiving where you could usually find her on a pier with fishing pole in hand.

A memorial service to celebrate Joan’s life will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, Texas  75093.

Memorial donations honoring Joan may be made to Seven Loaves Food Pantry located at St. Andrew United Methodist Church or to Peace of Adventure Empowering veterans to serve civilians with disabilities, P.O. Box 1551, Colorado Springs, CO  80901 www.peaceofadventure.org

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252




9 replies on “Mickle, Joan”

Kay Harrell says:

Joan is what we all would want to be in life. She was fun and young and obviously, did not know how old she was. I enjoyed knowing her primarily through Bible Study. She will be missed by so many. I’m glad I knew her!

Susan Browning says:

I only knew Joan a short time (through Bible Study), but I remember her as such a sweet lady who always had a smile on her face and an interest in everyone around her. We chatted a few times at Bible study and she was so welcoming and a true lady. She will be truly missed.

Vicki Vanderslice says:

Joan was such a dear wonderful person, and I feel blessed to have known her. Her family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers.

Vicki Vanderslice and Dorothy Heck says:

Joan was such a lovely and fine person, and we feel so blessed by having had the privilege to know and count her as a friend for these many years. Her family and friends are in our prayers. She will be dearly missed.

Bill Martin says:

To the Mickle Family,
I was a fraternity brother to Bill at SMU. We also spent time together flying model airplanes – using strings attached to the planes to control them. They naturally flew in a circle. This was before radio controlled model airplanes.
Bill and Joan were a loving couple and I enjoyed knowing them.
Our sympathies are with you.
Bill Martin

Jan Tomlinson Greeson says:

I remember the Mickle family from the Coventry days. I’m very sorry for your loss.

Louise Stokes says:

To the Mickle family:

My relationship with Joan began at St. Andrew UMC when the church was beginning. She was a staunch supporter and rarely missed any church program, whether it was Sunday worship, Sunday School, Bible Study, or music programs. She was someone we could count on in everything she did.
Over twenty years ago, I was invited to be a part of “The Birthday Girls” group–a small intimate group of 7 very different women, and Joan was one of them. That is where I REALLY got to know Joan! She was always interested in other people and we talked non-stop for half the afternoon after our lunch. We are known to have closed a few restaurants down, some never reopened.
Oh, what a good sport Joan was, and we could always count on her to order Crab Cakes if they were on the menu. We even had lunch once at her house, and what did she cook for us? Yep, crab cakes!
When one of us make a mistake or got a story mixed up, she had a way of putting her hand on our arm, and with a mischievous smile, she would say, “It’s all right.” As my daughter said about Joan, ” She’s a spunky lady.”
And indeed she was! She was truly a friend to all age people. She just loved them all.
I can’t tell you how heart-broken we are that she is not here anymore to celebrate being with friends everyday. It is our loss, but Heaven’s gain.

I hope the sorrow you now feel, will someday soften, and turn into a time of smiling and joy as you think of her. You are all such a part of her, and she would want you to remember her as the joyful, and happy person that she was.

Joan took hold of the life that Christ died for her to have, and she indeed lived it abundantly. “I count it all joy” to have known Joan Mickle!
Charles joins me in sending our condolences to each of you….with our love. Louise Stokes

Louise Stokes says:

To all the Mickle Family,
Your precious Joan and I have been friends since St. Andrew Methodist Church began. She was a staunch supporter, and rarely missed a worship service, Sunday School, Bible Studies, and special Music Programs. We could always depend on Joan to help.
It was about that time that I was invited to be a part of a group of 7 ladies who called themselves, “The Birthday Girls.” —And that is where I REALLY got to know Joan! We knew that she would always order the Crab Cakes if they were on the menu, even tho’ she always asked us what we were having, before she placed her order. We even had lunch at her house once, and what did she cook for us? Yep, it was recipe for Crab Cakes, right out of the Southern Living Magazine! And we loved it.
That group of women would eat and visit and stay at the restaurant for a couple of hours after we had lunch , “Just catching up” as Joan called it. We have been known to close a few restaurants down–a few never reopened.
If one of us made a mistake or got our story mixed up, she would put her hand on our arm, and with that mischievous smile, she would look us in the eye, and say,”It’s all right.”
I can’t begin to tell you how broken-hearted we remaining 3 “Birthday Girls” are, that she has left us. We grieve with you.
Joan was a friend to all ages, and my daughter just loved her, saying that “Joan was a spunky lady.” And indeed she was! She took hold of the life that Christ died for her to have, and she lived it abundantly. Always caring about others and her family. She knew how to be a friend.
I hope that the sorrow you feel today will eventually turn into a sweet, sweet storehouse of memories, of the life she lived and the love she had for each of you.
“I count it all Joy” to have known and loved Joan Mickle!
Charles joins me in sending condolences to each of you. God bless you and comfort you, and give you peace.
Louise Stokes

Levy Joffrion says:

I was a student at Forest Avenue when Joan worked there. I graduated from Forest in 1950.

She was a beautiful young lady and always very nice to me.

Levy Joffrion

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