Joan K. (Shaw) Franks

August 17, 1960 ~ April 14, 2020 (age 59)


Joan K. Franks, 59, of Bellevue died on Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at her home surrounded by her family following a short illness.

Joan was born on August 17, 1960 in Charlotte to James and Laura (Everette) Shaw.  She graduated from Bellevue High School in 1978.  On December 16, 1988 she married Charles E. Franks in Olivet.

Joan had been working as a steward for Firekeepers Casino and Hotel in Battle Creek for the past seven years until her illness in January of this year.  She also cared for the elderly, and she was a custodian at Bellevue and Charlotte schools for several years. Joan was a former member of the Marshall Women of the Moose.  She enjoyed collecting tea pots, going to garage sales, and watching children.  Joan loved the outdoors, going camping on the Manistee River, hunting for mushrooms, and reading.  She also enjoyed cooking and playing scratch off lottery tickets.

She is survived by her husband Charles of Bellevue; children, Bobbie Jo (Leon Kemp) Hanke of Bellevue, James (Danielle) Hanke of Bellevue, and Travis (Lisa) Franks of Potterville; grandchildren, Jordyn Franks, Kyle Franks, Ashley Bujarski, Alexis Hanke, Hunter Hanke, Madison Hanke, Dominic Moore, and Krista Moore; great-grandchild Blakely Roosa; siblings, Jannette Shaw-Groom of Bellevue, Katherine (Leo) Cider of Rolla Missouri, and Terry Shaw of Bellevue; sister-in-law Angela Shaw-Duke of Bellevue and several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Joe Shaw; a nephew Trenton Shaw; and a brother-in-law Martin Groom.

Due to Covid-19 there will be a memorial service held at a later date.  Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Bellevue.  Family requests memorial contributions Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan (, 222 North Kalamazoo Mall #100, Kalamazoo MI 49007.  Leave a personal message for the family and sign the on line guestbook at Mrs. Franks and her family are being cared for by the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 205 N Elizabeth St, Bellevue MI 49021

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