Joan’s Story

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Journal entry by Allison McKay

Trying to 1.) muster up the emotional strength to write this and 2.) find the right words to say about a lady as wonderful as Joan (while keeping it under a million words) was a challenge for us! This doesn't even come close to doing her justice!  But we know you all know and love Joan just the same ❤️

To get myself started, I copied and pasted many of your beautiful, eloquent, heart-felt comments from this site into my draft as inspiration (not plagiarism) ;)  Your words have been so comforting to us in our time of grief and loss.  Thank you.  And mostly thank you for your prayers.  This last week has been harder than we thought... we miss her SOO much that it makes our hearts ache.  She was so loved.  We are SO thankful that God's promises are TRUE and that Heaven is a reality for her!  It's by His grace that we have strength to get through the day.  

Here's a link to Joan's obituary:

Our beloved Joan Marie (Gageby) Evans of Edina, MN, age 68, went home to the Lord on April 7, 2020 after battling stage IV metastatic breast cancer for almost three years.

She was the youngest child of Earl and Helen (Glaser) Gageby. She was raised in Ward, SD where she graduated from Flandreu High School and went on to study Nursing and Sociology at the University of South Dakota where she was also a Kappa Alpha Theta. She then continued her education at the University of Minnesota, earning her Master’s Degree in Nursing Education & Administration.

Joan excelled as the Director of Nursing at North Memorial Hospital in Minneapolis, MN but humbly set her career to the side to raise her three adoring children which was her main and most rewarding “job.” As the kids grew up, she went back into the field of nursing - first as a home health care nurse, then on to Fairview Southdale’s Breast Center - after surviving her first battle with breast cancer in 1999 - and finally finished out the latter part of her career in the Care Suites, retiring from Fairview Southdale only a few short months ago in December, 2019. Her co-workers have attested - she was the sweetest, most caring, compassionate, wonderful nurse and friend. Always smiling and so full of life even on the busiest of days as charge nurse - earning the Alison Haddon Excellence in Nursing Award in 2016.

She was an avid Minnesota sports fan - she knew the backgrounds and stats of almost every player across Gopher Football/Basketball, the Twins, T-Wolves and her beloved Vikings. But people best knew Joan for her unwavering faith and love for Jesus. She showed us all what it meant to find our strength in the Lord and to be a devoted, obedient servant of Christ. She radiated His light, love and compassion always. Even in the midst of her suffering, she continually expressed gratitude and thankfulness. She was a bright spot in so many lives and an inspiration to all who knew her. She leaves behind the best gift: her legacy of faith - a foundation for her children, sons-in-law, and grandchildren to base their lives on. 

II Timothy 4:7: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Joan is survived by her three children Macey (Mike) Reynolds, Allison (Andrew) McKay, Rob Evans; five (almost six) grandchildren; sisters Barbara Severson, Mary Ellen Janklow, and Shirley (Jake) Creedon; mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Evans; and a host of friends, relatives, and colleagues.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl & Helen Gageby of Ward, SD; her brother, Chuck Gageby of Ward, SD; and father-in-law, Robert L. Evans of Davenport, IA.

A Celebration of Joan’s Life will be held on a future date when all can gather at Christ Presbyterian Church in Edina, MN.

A memorial has been set up in Joan’s honor for Samaritan’s Purse International Relief:

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