Betty Joan Bird McDonough was born in Huntsville, TX, on Dec. 30, 1936, to Roy and Elsie Bird. "Joan," as she was known to most people, grew up in Baytown, TX, where she attended Cedar Bayou High School and Baytown High School. She enjoyed sports and music, was a cheerleader, majorette and Drum Major in the Cedar Bayou Marching Band. Joan and her family were active in the Cedar Bayou Baptist Church.
She attended East Texas Baptist University where she met her husband, Reginald McDonough. They were married Aug. 28, 1956, in Baytown. Joan and Reggie had two children - Michael McDonough, who currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Teri McDonough Meister and her husband David of Nashville - and grandchildren Ian McDonough, Michael David Meister and Matthew Meister.
In addition to being a dedicated wife and loving mother for over 60 years, Joan worked as a legal secretary, physician receptionist, bank teller and various church secretary positions. One of the highlights of her career was touring the country training church secretaries after helping to develop a certification program for their training. Joan was a member of the her church choir, sang in a gospel trio and sang back up for television programs filmed at the Grand Ole Opry. She always put her family's needs above her own and fully supported their every endeavor. Joan was Reggie's steadfast partner, a faithful Christian and played a vital role in Christian ministry.
Joan's life was filled with love because she loved life. Her kindness touched many lives in her years on this earth and was a caring friend to those who had the opportunity to know her. The world won't be the same without her but heaven gained a beautiful soul.
We celebrate the life of Joan McDonough, a beautiful, smart, kind and incredibly loving woman. She was greeted at the gates of heaven by the loving arms of Jesus Christ and is rejoicing, pain free. We will miss her but she will live forever in our hearts.
We love you. May you rest in peace.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 24, 2017, at 11:30 a.m. at Fairfield Glade First Baptist Church.
Hood Funeral Home and Crematory, LLC (www.hoodfuneralhome.com) was in charge of the arrangements.
Published on March 27, 2017