Joan Etta Bosley

TOPEKA - Joan Etta Bosley, age 67, of Topeka, KS and a former resident of Dighton, KS, died March 28, 2020 at Aldersgate Village Nursing Home in Topeka, after a long illness.


A native of Dighton, Joan was born on February 3, 1953 to Charles and Mary Alice (Durr) Bosley at St. Catherine’s Hospital in Garden City. She attended Dighton Grade School and Community High School of Lane County, graduating in 1971. She studied primarily art, but also took courses that led her to become a licensed practical nurse. Much of her professional work was on a contract basis, which included working at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita.


Throughout her life, Joan expressed her artistic talents through her originally-designed needlepoints, macrame, watercolor and oil paintings. Many family members have samples of her work. Her art was also displayed at Creations of Hope Gallery in Topeka, and at Aldersgate Village.


She is preceded in death by her parents and sister, Susan Ellin (Bosley) Osborne. Survivors include her brother, Dennis and Audrey of Topeka, and her sister, Barbara Jones and Stan of Lawrence, KS; nieces Heather and Josh Loftus of Spring, TX; Lindsay and Brian Stauss of Scottsdale, AZ; Malinda and Will Larkin of Elk Grove Village, IL; nephews Carl Bosley of New York City; and Cory Bosley and Anna of Valley Park, MO. Joan also had seven great-nieces and one great-nephew.


A graveside service will be scheduled in the future at Dighton Memorial Cemetery in Dighton. Memorials can be made to Aldersgate Village in Topeka, Dighton United Methodist Church, or a charity of your choice, in care of Boomhower Funeral Home, P.O. Box 891, Dighton, KS 67839.