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Joan Jeannette (Hoisington) Sanborn went to be with her Lord on July 11, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband Lawrence (Pete) Sanborn.


Joan was born February 17, 1941, in Weidman, Michigan, where she lived until she moved to Midland, Michigan in her late teen years. She graduated from Midland High. Her life was primarily spent in the Midland area except for a short stint in West Virginia where her husband had been transferred.


Before marriage, she worked as a seamstress and then raised her family. In her later years, she became a full-time nanny to two wonderful girls that became like a second family to her.


Joan was an active member of Hope Baptist Church where she taught a special needs Sunday School class, was a leader in the Sparks group in the AWANA program, taught K-1st grade in the summer VBS program, and served as a deaconess over the years. She worked for several years in the infant class of the Bible Study Fellowship. For 20 years prior to this, Joan taught a 5-year-old class at the First United Methodist Church.


At home, Joan was the cornerstone of the family. Her relationship with the Lord was first and foremost in her life (as well as holding the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th…positions). Her greatest desire was to be with her Lord and hear His, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…enter thou into the joy of the Lord” (Mt. 25:23).


Joan lived her faith in her everyday life. No matter where she went, people knew of her love of God. That love extended to anyone she met, and they were treated as a special person from the beginning and quickly became her friend.


She is survived by her three sons: Timothy (Brandi) Sanborn, Troy Sanborn, Trent (Amy) Sanborn, grandchildren Vyctoria (Ryan) Rogala, Spencer Wentworth, Tyler Sanborn, Megan Sanborn, Nychole Sanborn and Trinity Hickman, and great-granddaughter Alivia Grace Rogala. Others who will miss her include honorary family members Richard (Jill) Trager and daughters Erika and Emma Trager. Surviving family members include Nancy (Keith) Ame, Gail (Herbert “Butch”) Varney, Greg (Debbie) Van Buskirk, Bob (Joan) Carr, Carol Tenyke, Viola (Butch) Carr and their children.


The entire family would like to extend their deepest and heartfelt gratitude for the care Joan received from Julie Ouderkirk during her final years. Thank you very much Julie.


The funeral service will be held at the Hope Baptist Church, 5525 N. Hope Road, Hope, MI 48628 on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 11:00 am with Rev. Neil Wiggins officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 am until the time of service. The service will be live-streamed at https:www.hopebaptistchurchmi.org/.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Baptist Church, 5525 N. Hope Road, Hope, Michigan 48628, the Toni & Trish House, 4699 11 Mile road, Auburn, MI 48611, or Joni & Friends Ministry for Wheelchairs, P.O. Box 3333, Agoura Hills, CA 91376-3333.


Smith-Miner Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Sanborn family; to share a special memory please visit www.smithminer.com.

Condolence Messages

  1. Trina Robacki

    15 July 2020 1 year ago

    Tim, Troy, and Trent,
    We weep, yet we rejoice with you that Joan is In the presence of the Lord now. It seems inadequate to say we are thankful for the love and consistent prayer support Joan gave to our family for so many years. She truly was a rare and extraordinary example of a godly woman who lived her faith. Her love and wisdom will be missed. She set the example. Now it is our responsibility to follow that example and live and love as she did. May God grant you peace as you mourn this loss.
    You will be in our prayers.
    Jeff, Trina, Kellen, and Brennah

  2. Dottie Batchelder-Streeter

    14 July 2020 1 year ago

    Sorry to hear of Joan’s passing, our condolences to the family. Joan was a dear friend to my in-laws, Mellis and Alma Streeter, from the Hope Baptist Church. Kevin and I would see her and talk with her when we would attend functions at the Church and kept in contact with her for many years.
    We will miss her cards she would send with scriptures in them.
    Dottie and Kevin Streeter

  3. Lisa Scheffers

    14 July 2020 1 year ago

    I was privileged to have Joan and the Sanborn family as neighbors as a young girl. I will always remember her as a person of great faith and kindness, and I remember the way she could make me feel good about myself just by the way she would give her full attention and always had something nice to say. We need more people like her in this world. Sincere condolences to her sons and family.

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