Alta Joan Dicus was reunited with the love of her life on September 28, 2023. Her beloved husband of 54 years, Glen Dale Dicus, died in 2001. She passed away peacefully at her home in her sleep and was surrounded by her children and best friend. She recently celebrated her 95th birthday with lots of friends and family.
Joan (pronounced Joanne) graduated from Wallace High School in the small town of Wallace, Indiana. She was 1 of 7 in her senior class of 1945. After graduation, she and a high school friend moved to South Bend, Indiana and worked at Ball-Band Rubber company for 2 years. Here, she started out in the mail room, then demonstrated her typing skills and was promoted to the typing pool, and finally became an executive assistant.
She met her soul mate (Dale Dicus) in South Bend and together they decided to venture out west and move to the big city of San Francisco where they were married. They had a small wedding there and enjoyed a wedding celebration dinner at the famed Cliff House. After a while, they decided their Midwestern roots were calling and decided to move back to Indiana to buy a house and start a family. They landed in a small rural community, Camby, and purchased the house and property of their dreams where they raised their four kids and lived for over 60 years. After the sudden loss of her soul mate in 2001, she continued to live here on her own for the next 20 years mowing the two acres of grass and picking up thousands of sticks every time the wind picked up! She made us all immensely proud as she kept the property in immaculate condition all on her own. But, in 2020, she decided she had had enough and moved to Meadow Lakes senior community in Mooresville to be close to her best friend and adopted family member, Glenda Chelf.
Joan was an accomplished seamstress and sewed for others in her community that included wedding dresses, suits, etc. She loved her flowers, bird watching, genealogy, and was fascinated with the history of Indiana and Camby. She worked extremely hard at canning everything that came in from the big vegetable garden that they maintained. While being an introvert, she made friends easily and counted many as dear friends. She had a deep sense of humor which was very dry, and she enjoyed expressing it. Joan was exceptionally talented at making you feel comfortable around her, and others in turn wanted to count her as a friend.
She was a proud member of Valley Mills Christian Church for over 22 years where she was involved in small groups, and various ministries. Her favorite was being a greeter as it helped her connect with everyone coming through the door.
Joan leaves behind many loving family members and friends and is survived by her children, Carol Seavall (Michael), Barbara Kurczodyna (Joe), Bob Dicus (Nancy), and Gary Dicus (Dana).
She leaves behind her sister Darlene Burke (Bob), and Cousin David Ireland
She also leaves behind her six cherished grandchildren, Nick Seavall (Melissa), Elliott Dicus (Jill), Liz Shuler (John), Courtney Seavall, Jenelle Main (Brian) and Ben Dicus.
In addition, nine wonderful great grandchildren, Zachary Seavall, Emma Dicus (Kathleen), Carter Seavall, Kamryn Seavall, Mathis Main, Merek Main, Belle Shuler, Ruby Shuler, and Miles Main.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, Alonzo and Anna Holaday, stepmom, Clara Holaday, and her precious grandson, Devin Dicus.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday October 3rd from 5-6 p.m., and Memorial Service following from 6-7 pm at Valley Mills Christian Church in Mooresville, Indiana.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to the Valley Mills Christian Church Benevolent Fund.
A Silent Tear
Just close your eyes and you will see
All the memories that you have of me
Just sit and relax and you will find
I'm really still there inside your mind
Don't cry for me now I'm gone
For I am in the land of song
There is no pain, there is no fear
So dry away that silent tear
Don't think of me in the dark and cold
For here I am, no longer old
I'm in that place that's filled with love
Known to you all, as "up above."