Joan Marie (Donati) MidkiffNovember 2, 1932 ~ November 5, 2017 (age 85)
JOAN DONATI MIDKIFF
November 2, 1932 - November 5, 2017
Joan was born on November 2, 1932, at St. Mary’s Infirmary in Galveston, the only child and daughter of Albert and Vivian Donati. She attended Ursuline Academy, graduating in 1949. She married John C. Midkiff on April 27, 1951. She retired in 1997 after a 32 year career with Shriners Burns Institute. Retirement afforded Joan the ability to travel, which she loved. She was able to cruise and visit many places with cherished friends, Helen Aymes, Mary (Kay) Everling and Nancy VanSkyke.
Although raised in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church parish, she attended Our Lady of Guadalupe Church. She was active in the Home & School Association at both Ursuline Academy and Our Lady of Guadalupe School while her children were in attendance. She was a member of the Ursuline Alumni Association and participant of the Julia Circle group.
Joan is preceded in death by her husband, parents and son, Gregory Midkiff, Sr. She is survived by daughter, Denese Aymes and husband, Bobby; son, Douglas Midkiff; former daughters-in- law with whom she remained close, Debbie Massey and Susie Midkiff; 3 grandchildren, Gregory Midkiff, Jr., Melody Mascardo and husband, Ryan, Megan Birkenfeld and husband, Brock; 7 great-grandchildren, Sawyer, Nash, Jones and Benjamin Birkenfeld and Riley, Emery and Maxwell Mascardo.
The family will receive visitors at Hayes Funeral Home, 10412 Hwy 6, Hitchcock on Monday, November 13, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A rosary will begin at 7:00 p.m. The funeral will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 14, at Hayes Funeral Home, with Pastor David Alston officiating. Entombment will follow at Grace Memorial Park Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests you make a donation to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation (AMDF).
Mrs. Midkiff’s family would like to thank IPC and The Rio at Mainland Center staff for taking such good care of Joan.