Margaret Joan Tarkington


Margaret Joan Tarkington, 95, Kokomo, passed away at 3:05 a.m. Sunday, July 14, 2019, at Waterford Place Health Campus, Kokomo. She was born Aug. 29, 1923, in Carroll County, the daughter of the late Dr. Chauncey "CJ" and Aurora (Taylor) Huffy. Joan married Joe M. Tarkington in 1945, and he preceded her in death June 4, 1985.
Joan graduated from Burlington High School in 1941, and went on to graduate from Indiana Business College. She worked for several years at the Indiana Employment Office. Joan was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church and Green Acres Golf Course, where she enjoyed playing golf. Joan was a devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She will always be remembered by her family as an avid golfer and card player. She loved reading books and completing crossword puzzles, enjoyed walks in the woods and on the beach, and all sports.
Her legacy will always remain in the strength of the family that she has created, the love of nature she has instilled, the unfaltering love and faithful friendship she has always demonstrated.
Joan is survived by her children, William (Susan) Tarkington, Kokomo, and Becky (Jeff) Radabaugh, Westfield; grandchildren, Matthew (Margaret) Tarkington, Elizabeth Ennis, Katie (Lane) Radabaugh-Benziger, J.B. (Shannon) Radabaugh, and Sarah (Kaleb) Wagoner, along with 13 great-grandchildren.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Joyce Gates; and siblings, Maxine Snyder, Jane Wertz, Mary Elizabeth Young, William Huffy, and Betty Lyford.
The family would like to thank the caring staff at Waterford Place Health Campus for the compassion and care they gave Joan and her family.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday, July 19, 2019, at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St., Russiaville, with Pastor Kim Holley officiating. Burial will follow in Shiloh Cemetery. Friends are invited to visit with the family from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joan's memory to a charity of the donor's choice. Messages of condolence may be left online at
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Monica Thomas
Jul 17, 2019
Dear Bill and Becky, and all your precious family,
I was so sorry to hear of the death of your sweet mama. But, 95 years, Wow! What a wonderful life that positively touched so many other lives. I bet, if she was like my 97 year old mom is, she was ready for her heavenly reward. And now she is with her loving Savior, and you are so happy, but oh so sad because you have never lived life without her. But Jesus is with you, too, and He will be there to love and comfort you until you get to join her someday. Please know you are in my heartfelt prayers as you celebrate your mother’s life and mourn her death. Jesus loves you very much and so do I❣️😘🙏