September 2, 2021
The family will be at the Courtyard by Marriott at 1300 River Run Court, Rock Hill, SC 29732 behind the Outback Restaurant. Mrs. Joan Marie Hughes, age 80, passed away Thursday, September 2nd, 2021, at home with her family. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Mrs. Hughes was a daughter of the late William John Tappmeyer and Ferris H Burkhardt Tappmeyer. She attended a two room elementary school house and graduated Salutatorian from Park Way High School. She earned an Bachelors of Art in Education from Drury University, where she was a member of Zappa Delta Sorority. Miss Tappmeyer moved to Casa Grande, Arizona where she taught elementary school on the Native American Reservation. Joan continued her education with an Masters in Arts in Education from Northern Arizona University. After getting married, she and her family made many friends living in Acapulco, Mexico; Dallas, Texas; Amelia Island, Florida; Linville, North Carolina, and Tega Cay, South Carolina. Only second to The Tappmeyer House in Creve Coeur, Missouri, Mrs. Hughes most loved homeplace was Lake Wylie for forty years. Joan servant’s heart was evident in the lasting impact she made on the community. She was a teacher in the Riverview Elementary School from 1979 to 1997. Mrs. Hughes received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the Fort Mill Chamber of Commerce in 1984. Mimee Joan was a true “Welcome Wagon,” always taking delicious food and gifts to neighbors and friends. Joan was very active in her church teaching children and helping with vacation Bible School. She was an Al-anon family group member and an Al-a-teen volunteer and sponsor. Joan spent countless nights encouraging and uplifting members of these programs. In addition to playing golf, another one of her favorite activities was participating in the Carolina Copy Cats senior entertainment group. The Carolina Copy Cats brought joy to her and others from 2008 to 2017 by performing dances and skits at community senior centers and nursing homes. Mimee Joan loved her family and was a kind and fun grandma. She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Leadbetter Waldo (Wes); and her stepson, J.D. Hughes; her brother, William Ray Tappmeyer (Cheryl); her sister, Judy Tappmeyer Dierberg; and her ex-husband M. Tim Leadbetter. Her surviving four grandchildren are Logan Waldo (Kaitlyn), Abigail Waldo Denkins (McKenzie), Lindsey Waldo, and Megan Waldo; as well as two step-grandchildren Avery Hughes and Grant Hughes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph S. Hughes; and her son, Timothy C. Leadbetter. The Home Going Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 18th, 2021 at Philadelphia United Methodist Church, 1691 SC – HWY 160, Fort Mill, SC 29708.
The family will be at the Courtyard by Marriott at 1300 River Run Court, Rock Hill, SC 29732 behind the Outback Restaurant. Mrs. Joan Marie Hughes, age 80, passed away Thursday, September 2nd, 2021, at home with her family. Born in St. Louis,... View Obituary & Service Information
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