Joan (pronounced Jo Ann) was born Nov. 20, 1928, and raised in MarionCounty by her parents, Merton Vinson and Ruth Alice (Neely) Givens.
She passed away on July 15.
She was predeceased by both her parents; her only sibling, Paula Jean (Givens) Basnett; and her brother-in-law, Fred D. Basnett (formerly of Fairmont and Mannington, respectively).
She is survived by her nephew, Fred T. Basnett and his wife Victoria; her niece, Amy Jean (Basnett) Jordan and her husband Robby Jordan, who all reside in Florida; and dear friend, Melodie Perry MacInnis (formerly of Fairmont, now residing in California), her husband Don and their two children.
Joan obtained her degrees from Fairmont State College and West Virginia University. She enjoyed several years working at Westinghouse Electric in Ohio. She then spent a lifelong career in education, teaching English at Monongah High School and more than 30 years at Fairmont State University, having received emeritus faculty status.
Masters Funeral Home in Mannington is handling the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, her family would appreciate a donation to the American Cancer Society.
Published on July 21, 2017