Joni Mains, 62

Joni Mains, 62, of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, died peacefully Monday, December 4, 2017, surrounded by her family at Wabash General Hospital after a long battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

She was born October 25, 1955, in Princeton, Indiana, the daughter of James Thomas and Dorothy Mae (Brothers) Jackson. Joni was able to enjoy a variety of experiences and locations throughout her childhood before settling in Mt. Carmel in 1970. In 1975, she graduated from Mt. Carmel High School. On June 7th of 1975, Joni married Ronald Ray Mains at Zion Lutheran Church in Mt. Carmel.

Joni was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. She was a florist at the family business, Mains Greenhouse and Flower Shop until her retirement. Joni spent her retirement enjoying family, solving puzzles and spending time with her dog, Molly.

Left to cherish Joni’s memory is her husband of 42 years, Ron; her daughter, Marisa Ruffner and her husband Jacob of Mason, Illinois; brothers, Paul (Debbie) Jackson of Waterford, Maine; Jerry (Benetta) Jackson, James (Rosa) Jackson and Mark Jackson all of Tucson, Arizona.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Michelle Mains, and, a brother, Ricky Mercer.

Visitation will be held Friday, December 8, 2017, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the chapel of Short Funeral Home, 527 N. Mulberry Street.

On Saturday, December 9, 2017, there will be a graveside service at Highland Memorial Cemetery, 1827 College Drive, at 11:00 a.m. Please meet at the cemetery.

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Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Joni’s family.