Joan Murray Clinkenbeard, 82 of Springfield, passed away Friday, December 30th, 2022 at Cox hospital surrounded by her children. 

She studied clothing design at the University of Arkansas, was PTA president at Holland Elementary school. For a number of years, she worked at the Next To New Shop and then took over operations of the Holland building for her father.  She had 3 children and 9 grandchildren graduate from and participate in sports at Glendale High School. 

A large and loving family survives Joan, better known as “Nana”.  Her two brothers Robert B. Murray Jr. and David Murray and his wife Terri.  Her son Bobby Clinkenbeard and his wife Merica, and daughter Jane Clinkenbeard.  Her nine grandchildren are Ty, Trace, and Jack Clinkenbeard, Jule Clinkenbeard, Connor Menown, Jenna Clinkenbeard, Paige Palmisano Bridgewater, Tony Palmisano, and Emma Palmisano.  

Memorial contributions can be made to the Foundation for Springfield Public Schools (FSPS):

  • by check, mailed to 1131 N. Boonville, 65802.  Please indicate Glendale Athletics in the memo.
  • by credit card at supportSPS.org/donate.  Please indicate Glendale Athletics in the designation box.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, January 12, 2023 at Christ Episcopal Church, 601 East Walnut, Springfield, MO 65806.

Burial will follow at Maple Park Cemetery. The funeral service is being organized by Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home.