Joan Ely, 83, Gilman City, MO passed away Wednesday, February 21, 2024, at a Bethany, MO hospital.

She was born on July 16, 1940 the daughter of Herbert and Irma (Johnson) Pinkerton.

On May 31, 1964, she married James R. “Jim” Ely in Bethany, Missouri. He preceded her in death on July 5, 2013.

Joan was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed gardening, crafts, riding horses, reading, and attending church in her younger years.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Terry Ely; brothers, Donald, Delbert, Charles, and Clarence Pinkerton and a sister, Mary Lou Wait.

Joan is survived by her children, Ray (Dawn) Ely, Bethany, MO, Tammy (Joe) Kohler, Mt. Ayr, IA, and Rebecca (Cheyenne) Clutter, Gilman City, MO; grandchildren, Dustin, Sonya, Jessarae, Clara, Cadi, Anastasia, and Talla; sister, Eileen Runyan, Des Moines, WA and numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside Services and Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 27 in Hobbs Cemetery, Eagleville, MO under the direction of Roberson Funeral Home, Bethany, MO. There is no scheduled visitation. Memorials may be made to the Joan Ely Memorial Fund in care of Roberson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 46, Bethany, MO 64424. Online condolences may be left at