Marion Joan Heiman

MADISON - Marion Joan Heiman, age 92, of Madison, Wis., died Friday, March 3, 2023, at her home after a long illness. She was born Dec. 8, 1930, in Madison, the daughter of Willis McCray and Grace Morgan McCray.  

Joan was a daughter of the Great Depression. She enjoyed accompanying her father when he hunted to put food on the table. In fact, she bought a shotgun just so she could go hunting with him. She and her brother, Don, lived at various times with aunts, uncles, cousins, and their grandmother at her parents’ home on Madison’s east side, creating bonds that lasted their lifetimes. Joan grew up listening to the Metropolitan Opera on the radio with her mother. Her favorite opera was La Bohème. She sang in school choirs and ensembles and graduated with the “Class of ‘48” from Madison East High School. Childhood friends from the neighborhood remained friends for life. Her cousins were like siblings to her.