Joan Elizabeth Hosley

August 6, 1925September 7, 2021


Joan Hosley (née MacCormick) died of natural causes at her assisted living facility in Altoona, Florida on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. She was predeceased by her husband, Emerson (Bud) Hosley in July, 2020. They had just celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary in October, 2019. She is survived by three sons; Robert (Ellen), Kenneth and Daniel (Mary), as well as two grandchildren; Benjamin Hosley and Eve Hosley Moore (Michael) and a great grandson, Liam Moore.

Joan has been a resident of Florida since 1980, first in Osteen and for the last 15 years in Tavares. She was a homemaker who was an outstanding home cook and baker. She was famous for her one pot meals and was an expert cooking with her wok. Previous to the move to Florida she had lived in for 33 years Lincoln Park, New Jersey. She was brought up in Mnt. View, New Jersey and was a 1941 graduate from Pompton Lakes High School.

She was married to Emerson in 1944. Her husband served in the Marine Corps from 1942-1945 and she spent her first year of marriage with him in Camp Lejuene, South Carolina.

She enjoyed travel and camping with her husband in their travel trailer. They made many trips to the Adirondacks, The Blue Ridge Mountains and the Smokies, to the Florida Keys, Canada, Colorado and California. She was an avid reader and gardener. Joan was an expert Scrabble player and took great pleasure in her knowledge of the arcane and obscure words that make the game full of surprises. Joan and Bud loved to play canasta and played several “cut throat style” hands every day after lunch.

In recent years the family had researched her MacCormick roots extending to her grandfather’s family in Scotland, Puerto Rico and St. Croix. They also discovered another great grandfather, John W. Culbert, had a shipping business “Culbert and Finlay” based in Brooklyn, with sailing ships trading between Brooklyn and the islands of the Caribbean.

Joan was born in New York City and was predeceased by her Father, Edmund Vincent MacCormick (1944) and her mother Gertrude MacCormick Bailey (1971) and her sister, Barbara Wichmann. The family has planned a private cremation service at All Faiths Cremation Society, in Lady Lake, Florida, with a private internment celebration of life to be held later in the year when family gatherings are permitted. She did not designate any charity for memorial donations, but she actively supported her library, environmental and conservation organizations and would be proud of your choice for a memorial contribution.


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Joan Elizabeth Hosley

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