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Joan Varlin Putnam

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Joan Carlin Putnam, age 77, of Jefferson City, Mo., passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2022, at StoneBridge Adams Street surrounded by family. Joan was born on May 6, 1945, in Glasgow, Scotland, the daughter of Richard "Dick" and Sarah Evans. She was extremely close to her Aunt Jean and Aunt Isa Evans. They had a very active and memorable role in raising her. She was raised in Glasgow, Scotland and lived there for many years where she graduated from Whitehill Secondary School. She was always extremely passionate about her Scottish heritage. It was during her time living in Glasgow that she met, Charles Robert "Bob" Moore, while he was stationed in Edinburgh with the United States Navy. They were married in Glasgow in 1961. After Bob's time in the service, they moved to West Virginia and Joan's two oldest children were born from this marriage. While she was working and raising her children in West Virginia, Joan met Phillip M. Putnam. She later moved to Jefferson City, Mo. to be closer to him, where they were married on May 15, 1976, and blessed with 31 years of marriage. Phil preceded her in death on March 22, 2008, and she always considered him the love of her life. During her time in central Missouri, Joan was employed as a nurse's aide at Memorial Community Hospital and later worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation as a Human Resource Administrative Assistant. She retired from the Conservation Department to help with her grandchildren. Family was the most important aspect of her life and she always looked forward to quality time with them. Joan loved baking and cooking meals for family on occasions such as: Sunday dinners, holidays and birthday celebrations. Meals and laughter with family were her favorite times. She attended many school functions, sporting events, and school plays to support them. She loved to share their accomplishments with her friends with stories and photos. Her family will remember her work ethic, strong willed personality and giving nature. She was always thinking of others and loved lifting family and friends up with a thoughtful gift. Joan was an avid speed reader and always had a few books beside her. Survivors include: three children, Charles R. "Rick" Moore (Michelle) of Columbia, Mo., Linda Jean Bryant (Jeff) of Lohman, Mo. and Andrea Putnam McFarland (Robert) of Jefferson City, Mo.; brother, Brian Evans (Sheila) of Cape Coral, Florida; nine grandchildren, Beau Bryant, Zachary Moore, Nicholas Rubio, Derrick Rubio (Rachel), Marie Knowles, Mitchell McFarland, Gavin McFarland, Carlin McFarland and Emmitt McFarland; two great-grandchildren, Lydia and Cici Rubio; a niece, Heather Gonzalez (Christian) and their daughter, Aurora Gonzalez; and numerous close friends that she thought of as family. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Richard "Ricky" Evans; her aunts; Jean Evans, Isa Evans, Mary Smith and Nan Evans. Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m., Saturday, August 27, 2022. A Celebration of Joan's Life will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Freeman Chapel. Graveside services and interment will follow at Hawthorn Memorial Gardens. A webcast of her service will begin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday for family and friends that are not able to attend by viewing through her memorial page through Freeman Mortuary's website. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice Compassus, 3405 W. Truman Blvd, Suite 210, Jefferson City, MO 65109. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com

Published August 26, 2022