In Memory of



Obituary for Joan Roark

Joan V. Roark, age 86, of Jefferson City, Mo. passed away Monday, August 24, 2020 at Capital Region Medical Center.

She was born on March 20, 1934 in Russellville, Mo. a daughter of Earl L. and Dorothy M. (Long) Hogg. She was married on May 3, 1952 in Jefferson City to Elba J. Roark who preceded her in death on June 3, 2000.

A lifelong resident of the central Missouri area, Joan and Elba were the proud owners of The Ponderosa BBQ in Cedar City where they were known for their award-winning ribs. She was a licensed realtor for 17 years and spent many years as a waitress at Viet’s Restaurant.

She was a member of the Jefferson City Police Wives Auxiliary.

Joan enjoyed traveling all over the country with her husband and their Shih tzu’s in their Bounder RV, specifically the Eastern and Southern States. They loved to winter in Texas and Florida with the Duncan’s and the Patton’s. Joan spent her spare time reading, crocheting, painting and visiting the casino or playing games on the computer.

Survivors include: her children, William Roark (Martha) of Russellville, Rebecca “Becky” Libbert (Gary) of Jefferson City, Robert “Bobby” Roark (Tina) of Jefferson City, and Linda Wilbers (Matt) of Wardsville; nine grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; and many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son, Leslie B. Roark; grandson Eric W. Roark; two sisters, Velma Long and Pauline Rea; and one infant sister, Maybelle Hogg.

Visitation will be held at Freeman Mortuary from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 2020.

Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, September 12, 2020 at Hickory Hill Cemetery in Hickory Hill, Mo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested MoCops (Missouri Concerns of Police Survivors) or The American Police Hall of Fame.

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Freeman Mortuary.