She was born in Lena, Ind., March 15, 1933, to Ralph and Helen Vaught Morlan. She graduated from Van Buren High School in 1963. Joan was a member of the Carbon Baptist Church and formerly attended the Bee Ridge Christian Church. From 1963 until 1967 she, along with her husband at the time, John James, and the Wadsworth family owned Wadsworth Furnace Company. In 1967, she and her husband purchased the company in whole, and changed the name to John James Furnace Company. They owned and operated the furnace company until selling in 1980. She was also part owner the House of Spirits in Brazil until her retirement. Although she kept busy with her family and business's she enjoyed spending time cross stitching, being involved in the Bee Ridge Home EC club and Sweet Adelines, volunteering for CODA and she was known to be an accomplished seamstress.
She was preceded in death by her parents Ralph and Helen Morlan, second husband, Lee D. Jordan, and a brother-in-law Bill Vanes.
Survivors include her present husband, Kenneth Rehl, three sons, John Richard "Dick" James II and wife Anita, Brazil, Rick James and wife Debbie, Brazil, and Jeffrey R. James, Terre Haute, grandchildren Heather Howell and husband Brian, Jason James and wife Kara, Ashley James, all of Brazil, Grant James, Vincennes, Jeffrey Tyler James, Terre Haute, and Carissa James, Brazil, great-grandchildren, Peyton M. Walters, Natalie A. Howell, Kambree A. James, and Ella Brooke James, as well as two sisters, Shirley Vanes and Sue Houck and husband Bill, both of Brazil.
Services will be held at Lawson-Miller Chapel Saturday, Nov. 3, 2007, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Howard Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at Calcutta Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Friday from 5-8 p.m., and again Saturday morning from 7:30 a.m., until time of services.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to CODA, envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Visit www.lawson-millerchapel.com to light a candle in her memory.