​Joan Elizabeth (Babel) Abston, 5:00 PM, Sunday, June 10, 2018


Joan Elizabeth Babel Abston, 79, passed away on May 12, 2018.  She was born on June 13, 1938 to Joseph and Annabelle Babel in Connellsville, PA.

Joan moved to Muskogee, OK at age 7, often telling stories of the train ride from PA to OK.  She graduated from Muskogee High School in 1956 and St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing as an RN.  Joan married Dr. Jimmie Abston and was blessed with 3 children; two daughters and a son.

She is preceded in death by her parents; and a sister, Carol Harden.  Joan is survived by her children, Kathy (Steve) McDonald, Eric (Kathy) Abston, Heidi (Robert) Story; 8 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; and sister, Susie (Dick) Boyes.

Joan was a big fan of OU football, OKC Thunder basketball, OKC Blazers hockey and anything her grandchildren were involved in.  She was a regular volunteer at St. Andrew Catholic Church, including being a member of the hand bell choir.

A celebration of life will be held Sunday, June 10, 2018, at 5pm at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 800 NW 5th St., Moore, OK.  Please come and share your memories.  Arrangements provided by the John M. Ireland Funeral Home & Chapel, Moore, OK.



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