Joan Ottinger Birdwell, 89, of Brookdale, Johnson City, died Friday at home after an extended illness.

Mrs. Birdwell was born Oct. 17, 1929, at home in the Salem community in Parrottsville, Cocke County, and was a daughter of the late Charles Hubert and Susan Bessie Bowers Ottinger.

She was a graduate of Parrottsville High School and received her teaching certificate from East Tennessee State College, now East Tennessee State University. She was a teacher, homemaker, dental technician and farmer.

She was a member of Meadow Creek Presbyterian Church in Greeneville.

She is survived by two sons and their wives: Gary (Kathy) Birdwell and Charlie (Kelly) Birdwell; four grandchildren: Craig Birdwell, Jeffery Birdwell, Jonathan Birdwell and Molly Prior; great-grandchildren; nephews; nieces; cousins; friends; and one brother: Trent Ottinger.

She is preceded in death by her husband: Charles V. Birdwell; three sisters and their spouses: Luster (Kermit) LaFollette, Blanche (Aldo) Ottinger and Charlsie (Gregg) Hawk; three brothers and their spouses: Glenn (Mary) Ottinger, John B. (Dorothy) Ottinger and Willis (Mary Dee) Ottinger; and a sister-in-law: Mary McMahan Ottinger.

The family would like to acknowledge all the special nurses and staff at Brookdale Johnson City and Amedysis Hospice. Their devotion and caregiving went way beyond anything we could imagine, we were truly blessed. We would also like to acknowledge her many doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses over the years, especially Dr. James Dykes and Dr. Carlos Floresquerra.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. in Kiser-Rose Hill Chapel with Chaplain Steven Spell officiating.

Interment will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Meadow Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery at 9:45 a.m.

Honorary pallbearers will be the members of Meadow Creek Presbyterian Church, and staff of Brookdale Johnson City and Amedysis Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Meadow Creek Presbyterian Church, 850 W. Allens Bridge Road, Greeneville, TN 37743.

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