Joan Barnes Krueger, 86, died of kidney failure Monday, Sept. 17, at Saline Memorial Hospice House in Bryant. She was born Aug. 30, 1926, in Camden, the daughter of Junie Frost Barnes and Myrtle Josephine (Lee) Barnes.
On March 2, 1951, at Fort Chaffee Chapel, she married James Edward Krueger, an infantry officer and Army aviator from 1950-1970. While stationed at various places in the United States and Europe, Jim and Joan had two sons: James in 1953 and William in 1955. Mrs. Krueger studied home economics and earned her degree from Henderson State Teachers College in Arkadelphia after graduating from Camden High School. She earned her master’s degree in education at Troy State University in the mid-1970s.
Joan taught second grade in Daleville, Ala., for more than 30 years. Before that, she taught elementary school and high school home economics at Harmony Grove, Ark., near Camden. Mrs. Krueger was a member of the Alabama Education Association. A lifelong Methodist, she was a charter member (1970) of Bridelwood Chapel in Ozark, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters' five brothers; and an infant daughter.
She is survived by her sons, Jim Krueger and wife Marlo of Benton and Bill Krueger of Georgetown, Ga.; four grandchildren, Jami Horne and huband Nick, Lynsey, Will and Max Krueger; four great-grandchildren, Cameron, Phillip, Jesse and Anna Beth; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, at Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery in Malvern.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Ashby Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Harmony Grove United Methodist Church, 323 Ouachita 37 Road, Camden, AR 71701, or Bridlewood Chapel, 3871 U.S. 231, Ozark, AL 36360.
Online guestbook: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com .