Joan Noa (Griffiths) Lash was born Dec. 4, 1926 at Verdon, Nebraska, the third of five children of Howard and Elsa Noa Griffiths. She attended Fairview country school in Richardson County and graduated Verdon High in 1944.

After graduation she worked at the Verdon Co-op, where her dad was manager, and as a bookkeeper for the Mo Ray alfalfa dehydration plant. Friends arranged a blind date with Herbert Lash. They married (twice) April 6, 1947 in Monterrey, Mexico. They settled and stayed on the same farm 72 years raising one son, Phillip and three daughters: Charlotte, Sheila and Brenda.

Joan joined the Auburn Christian Church and was active in the Mary Martha Circle, Sunshine Extension Club, and Legion Auxiliary, and kept books for Dist. 18 and London Cemetery. Many enjoyed her cooking, baking, gardening, canning, sewing, and entertaining.

She treasured family. Her special delight was her grandchildren and great grands. She was compassionate, generous, loving, caring, fun, creative, loyal, adventurous, wise, strong willed, and many other adjectives.

Joan suffered a major stroke in June of 2004 and became a resident of the Good Samaritan Society in July of 2011 where she resided until passing on Jan. 8, 2020 at the age of 93. She was preceded in death by an infant brother Lynn, her parents, brothers Kent and Gale, sister Gwen Harkendorff, and her son Phillip.

She is survived by Herb, daughters Charlotte and husband Dan Grone of Lincoln, Sheila Haith of Maryville, Missouri, Brenda and husband Chuck Chase of Malcolm, Neb.; 11 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Auburn Christian Church, officiated by Rev. Nate Powell. Janell Johnson was accompanist for solos by Eli Chase and Kip Reeves. Casket bearers were David Chase, Gabriel Chase, Caleb Chase, Elijah Chase, Simeon Chase, Ben Grone, and Lane Grone. Leslie Sutter, Brook Haith, Jennifer Phelps, and Abigail Chase served as flower attendants. Burial was in London Cemetery near Auburn.

Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.

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