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Joan Attaway

October 4, 1931 — June 11, 2019

Joan Attaway


            Joan Attaway, 87, of East Bernard, passed away June 11, 2019, at her home in East Bernard. She was born October 4, 1931 in El Campo, Texas to the late John and Beatrice Ferguson.

         Joan was the oldest of two children and was raised in Mackey, Texas where she graduated from San Marcos Academy.  Joan attended Baylor University where she met the love of her life Harold “Buddy” Attaway. Buddy and Joan married December 30, 1950 in Wharton.  They made their life together in Wharton County.  She served as Secretary of both Superior Drilling Company and The Ferguson Ranch.  She was the only female and founding director (1976) of the Wharton County Youth Fair. Joan loved all things outdoors, farming, ranching and many, many rodeos.  In her later years, she devoted much of her time in both East Bernard and Sealy as a teacher’s aide to special needs children.  A loving and supportive Grandma to not only her grandkids but was “MeeMaw” to many.

         In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her brother Kenneth Ferguson.  Joan is survived by Javon Lechler of Sealy and son Kip Attaway of Katy, grandchildren, Shane Lechler and wife, Erin, Derek Lechler and wife Alexa, and Lauren Little and husband Ted along with great grandchildren Jagger, Bailey, Jett, Emerson, and Julia. 

         Visitation will be on Thursday June 13th, 2019 from 6-8p.m. at Wharton Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be Friday June 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Wharton Funeral Home.  Burial will follow at Wharton Cemetery in Wharton. 

         In Lieu of Flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Wharton County Youth Fair, on behalf of the “Joan Attaway Memorial Scholarship Fund”, P.O. Box 167 Glen Flora, TX 77443.

Funeral services under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home.  Condolences may be left at

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

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