Joanne Marie Markham

ESCANABA — Joanne Marie Markham, 79, of Escanaba, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017, at the UP Health System in Marquette.

Joanne was born July 20, 1938, in Escanaba, the daughter of Hilding and Marge (Ryan) Peterson. She raised four wonderful children as a single parent and worked with disabled children at the Delta Schoolcraft ISD for 30 years. She loved going to the casino, was an avid golfer and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Joanne is survived by her children, Tony Markham of San Diego, Calif., Grant Markham of Escanaba, Paul (Sue) Markham of Melbourne, Fla., and Christine (Dale) Taylor of Ford River; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; her sisters, Barb Ziegler, Sandy Kolterman and Colleen Bonin; nieces and nephews and her best friend, Annette Katarincic.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Donald; granddaughter, Amanda; and great-grandson, Keeghan.

Joanne had a heart of gold and will be greatly missed. Her request for no funeral services will be honored and a celebration of her life will determined at a later date.

The Markham family is being assisted by the Skradski Family Funeral Home in Escanaba.

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