JoAnn Sharp 1928-2023

JoAnn Sharp 1928-2023

JoAnn Marie Sharp, 94, of Holton, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, at The Pines in Holton.

She was born Nov. 18, 1928, in Ogden, the daughter of William Joseph and Edna Louise (Thorp) Hannan.

JoAnn graduated from Riley High School in 1947 and cosmetology college in Topeka. JoAnn was a beautician in Clay Center, a waitress and a housekeeper. Most importantly she was a homemaker and devoted mother and pastor’s wife.

She was a member of Community of Christ, located from her home, and Jackson County Friends of Hospice.

JoAnn married Warren “Dean” Sharp on Oct. 8, 1950, in Riley. He preceded her in death on July 5, 2022, after 71 years of marriage. She was also preceded in death by her parents, William and Edna Hannan; two daughters, Cathy Jo Chandler in 1999 and Arlene Kay Cathey in 2016; a son, Gary Sharp, in 2019; and a brother, Robert Francis Hannan.

Survivors include a son, David Wayne Sharp (Cindy) of Shidler, Okla.; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Topeka. Family will greet friends one hour prior to service time.

Memorials may be given to the Memorial Park Cemetery (designated to go towards a tree) or Jackson County Friends of Hospice, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit


The Holton Recorder

109 W. Fourth St.
Holton, KS 66436
Phone: 785-364-3141

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