Joan Attaway

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

Joan was the oldest of two children and was raised in Mackey 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 Dec. 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, 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 was Thursday June 13 from 6-8 p.m. at Wharton Funeral Home. Funeral services were Friday June 14 at 2 p.m. at Wharton Funeral Home. Burial followed 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 were under the direction of Wharton Funeral Home. Condolences may be left at