Joan Sturman Leifeste, age 82, of Brady, passed away Thursday, September 1, 2011, at her residence in Brady. She was born on May 20, 1929 in Los Angeles “Hollywood” California to Aaron Austin “Jack” Sturman and Emma Grace (LeFevre) Sturman. She graduated from Alamo Heights High School and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown. She married Lamar C. Leifeste on August 28, 1948, in San Antonio, where she not only married him but married the entire family. Joan was a devoted Kindergarten Sunday School teacher at each of the churches in which Lamar was appointed. While in Pleasanton, Joan was voted Mother of the Year in 1961 where she served as President of the PTA and was noted for being a devoted mother while always being there for others. Joan worked for the Brady Independent School District for 25 years, retiring in 2002. She served as the Elementary School Librarian where her passion was making books come to life for all the “little darlings”. Joan loved to sew, read, watch TV with her family, and entertain those around her. Joan often interrupted a pageant or awards ceremony with her wild antics. What she enjoyed most was watching her San Antonio Spurs, Texas Longhorns, and Dallas Cowboys. Joan loved her family; her children were enriched by her devotion, her daughter-in-law and sons-in-law were as special as if they were her own. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were the joy of her life. They were blessed to have had such a loving and entertaining grandmother and great grandmother. Funeral Services were at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 4, 2011, at First United Methodist Church in Brady with Reverend John Alsbrooks officiating. Interment followed at Rest Haven Cemetery in Brady. Friends may sign the memorial guest book online at www.leatherwoodmemorialchapels.com. Pallbearers were nephews, Tim Leifeste, Charles Birk, Vernon Farmer, Clyde Mordica, Larry Don Mordica, Todd Eathorne, Jim Coward, and cousin, Don Leifeste. Joan is survived by her son Michael Leifeste and wife Nancy of Austin; daughters Melinda Philipp and husband Gary of Brady and Sue Owens and husband Monte of Brady; brother-in-law A.C. Leifeste and wife Eleanor of Kingsland; sisters-in-law Ruther Farmer and Arlene Moore of Austin; grandchildren Melissa Philipp, Kevin Owens and wife Shea, Aaron Leifeste and wife Gretchen, Zac Leifeste and Taylor Owens and wife Beth; great-grandchildren Averie Owens and Luke Leifeste and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband Reverend Lamar Leifeste, brother-in-law Andrew Leifeste; sisters-in-laws Emily Birk and Louise Mordica, and niece Carla Coward. The family suggests memorials be made to the charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Leatherwood Memorial Chapels.