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Rosalind Joan Buchanan

January 17, 1929 — January 31, 2022

Rosalind Joan Buchanan entered eternal rest at Palm Harbor, Florida, on Jan 31, 2022, two weeks after celebrating her 93rd birthday. She was born in Rockwell City, Iowa, on Jan 17, 1929. After growing up in Chicago, she later moved to Indianapolis where she met and married the love of her life, Raymond L Buchanan.  Joan and Ray lived on a farm near Clayton, Indiana, where they raised their son, MorrisJoan was active in the Clayton Presbyterian Church, the Order of Eastern Star, was a Cub Scout den mother and especially loved and enjoyed being with family members and friends. Unusual for the time, in 1962 Joan embarked on a career with L.S. Ayres & Co as a beautician in the downtown Indianapolis beauty salon Within a year, her enthusiasm and dedication propelled her to Salon Manager. Over the next 30 years Joan built a remarkable career, eventually retiring as Vice President of Beauty Operations for the multi-state L.S.Ayres/Macy’s Stores. Joan was loved not only by her family and friends but also by her associates, employees, and everyone who knew her. A highlight of her career with the Ayres family occurred after 25 years when her husband, Raymond, told her he had plans to join some of his associates and their wives for a business dinner at a hotel in Indianapolis and that he wanted her to attend with him. She reluctantly agreed. Upon their arrival at the hotel, she almost fainted when she saw the auditorium full of her fellow store executives, salon managers, and employees that had gathered to honor her and who erupted in singing a happy 25th anniversary song. In retirement she and her husband became snowbirds and split their time between homes in Indianapolis and Palm Harbor, Florida. Joan was preceded in death by her father George T. Klonaris, her mother Mildred D. Klonaris Kiefer, and sisters Rebecca Caito, Carolyn Pullman, and Vivian Watson Hill. She is survived by her loving husband Raymond Buchanan, her son Morris (Ronda) Buchanan, grandchildren James, Susan, and Katherine, and by sister Patricia Kiefer Clearwater, brothers Michael Kiefer and John Kiefer, and by many nieces and nephews. There will be no public service with internment to be at Maple Hill cemetery in Plainfield, Indiana, with services by Hampton, Gentry Funeral Home.
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