After a brave and courageous year-long battle with a form of leukemia, our
mother, Joanna Irwin McCoy McKay (JoAnn) is at peace after going to be with
our Lord on August 28, 2020. She was 93.
Mrs. McKay was born December 12, 1926 in Alto, Louisiana and graduated from
Mangham High School. After living through the Great Depression and World War
II, she attended Northeast Junior College in Monroe, then married and became a
full-time wife and mother. A faithful member of Mangham Baptist Church, she
always saw that her children attended church every Sunday and Wednesday.
Known by many as the “picture of Southern Charm”, JoAnn had style and an
out-going personality. Always the fabulous dresser and seamstress, she often
made clothes for herself and her daughters. On Easter, she dressed herself and
her children to the nines in the latest fashion. She also made Christmas extra
special by mixing the old fashioned and the new in our Christmas stockings.
In addition to being a great cook, JoAnn was a wonderful decorator and an avid
Bridge player. One of her favorite things to do was making guests at her Bridge
parties feel special with her flair for entertaining.
Mrs. McKay was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Dan Boies “DB”
McKay, grandson Thomas E.“Trey” Cooper III, her parents John Adam and Lovie
Dee Hubbs McCoy, and by siblings Tena McConnell, Alicia Craft and John A
“Bubba” McCoy, Jr.
She is survived by her six children Dan B. McKay, Jr., Stephen Rory McKay,
James Reese McKay, JoAnnette “Jo” Mattison, Kevin Brian McKay, and Dedee
Mangold as well as her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A visitation/memorial service will be held at Mangham Baptist Church on
Thursday September 10, 2020 at 11am. In lieu of flowers the family asks that
memorials be made to the Mangham Baptist Church building fund or St. Jude’s