Joan Gail Nowland

Joan Nowland Media PicBWJoan Gail Nowland of Caro, age 78, passed away on Monday, March 6, 2017 at her home, surrounded by the love of her family. Joan was born January 7, 1939 in Bad Axe, the daughter of the late Lee and Olive (Philpot) Hartsell. She was united in marriage with Kenneth Nowland on December 17, 1960 in Saginaw. Joan was a member of the Caro Eagles and thoroughly enjoyed playing Bingo and shopping. She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother who was happiest when surrounded by grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 56 years, Kenneth Nowland of Caro; four daughters and their spouses: Michelle Noble of Evart, Sue and Ken Davison of Caro, Wendy and Adam Trisch of Caro, Robin and Daniel Neahusan of Evart; seven grandchildren: Michael and Kim Noble, Justin Noble, Ryan Davison, Clint Davison, Brooke Neahusan and Tasha Shultz, Ryan Davison and Megan Lier; four great-grandchildren: Michael Noble, Jr., Dayton Davison, Annalease Neahusan, Brooke Madelyn Neahusan; one brother, Gary Hartsell of Bad Axe; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by two brothers: Gordon and Jim Hartsell.

In keeping with Joan’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a private memorial will be held at a later date. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider contributions to the National Humane Society or the Nowland Family Discretionary Fund, c/o Kenneth Nowland, 205 West Sherman Street, Caro, MI 48723. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at


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