Joan was born Sept. 26, 1934, in Atlantic Highlands, N.J., the daughter of Claude and Miriam Bennett Lucas. At the age of 8, she traveled by train with her father to live in Indiana. She was raised in West Terre Haute by her aunt and uncle Myrtle and Walter "Aude" Cox along with her cousin Charles "Junior" Cox. She graduated from Valley High School with the class of 1952. As a young girl, she worked at Viquesney's and then later worked at CBS as a secretary for 16 years.
On Feb. 27, 1999, Joan married D. Warren Martin. She located to Brazil following their marriage. Warren has been a dedicated husband throughout this journey of Alzheimer's.
While in Brazil, Joan became active in the Brazil Professional Woman organization and has been very active in the past at the Staunton First Christian Church.
Survivors include her husband D. Warren Martin, Brazil, daughters and sons-in-law Debbie Britton and husband Lou Britton, Terre Haute and Susie French and husband Charles French, Brazil, step-son Mike Estes, step-daughters Peggy Berry, Maria Loving and husband John, Lorna White and step-son David Martin, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents Claude Lucas and Miriam Aanneson, brother Claude Lucas, Jr., step-daughter Marian Martin and cousin Charles Cox, Jr.
Services will take place Saturday at 1 p.m., at French Funeral Home with Pastor Doug Parkey officiating. Burial will follow at Clearview Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services. To make a lasting donation in her memory please donate to the Clay County Humane Shelter, 8280 N. Co. Rd. 125 W., Brazil, Ind., 47834. Joan was always a lover of animals. Light a candle in her memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.