JoAnn Wren Nations, age 85, of Madison, GA passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Thursday, April 1, 2021.
Born on January 27, 1936 in Batesville, AR, she was the daughter of Oscar Enzel and Valerie Lockard Wren. She grew up in LaCrosse, AR. She graduated from Saint Vincent School of Nursing in Little Rock, AR with an RN degree. She trained at Saint Vincent hospital and went on to work in the operating room. In 1960 she was married to the love of her life the late Alec Clay Nations. Together they were married for forty-four years and raised three children. JoAnn was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother first and foremost. She treasured her children and grandchildren and embraced every moment with them. She was a good friend to all who knew her. Mrs. Nations was a faithful member of Madison Baptist Church. She was involved in many clubs, civic organizations, and countless bible studies through the years. She was always ready to help where needed. She coordinated “The Ladies” dinner night out, every Thursday, with a treasured group of dear friends.
Mrs. Nations is survived by her two loving children, Alec Wren Nations and Melissa Nations Rittenhouse (Rick). She also leaves a daughter-in-law, Dana Nations. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Clay Nations of Watkinsville, GA, and her brother Oscar Enzel Wren Jr. She was the proud grandmother of four grandchildren: Justin Clay Nations (Christina), Elizabeth Nations Ward (Joseph), Katherine Rittenhouse Collier (Will), and Caroline Wren Rittenhouse. She also leaves behind three great grandchildren: Carson Clay Nations, Sydney Wren Ward, and Katherine Michael Ward. She also leaves a Cousin Carolyn Carpenter Parson and sister-in-law Mimi Wilson Wren and two nieces Michelle Wren Harrell, and Valerie Jean Wren Pittman.
The family would like to thank mothers faithful Doctor, Dan Zant, and the caring staff at Abby Hospice. The family will forever be grateful for their beloved, loyal Ruby Reynolds, Mrs. JoAnn’s Friend and long-time caregiver as well as Florence Johnson, Minnie Williams, Lena Hurt and the many kind caregivers that made it possible for Mrs. Nations to stay in her home.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 1 PM at the Madison City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Madison Baptist Church or to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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