Joan Burleson Conrad, age 72 of Grand Rapids, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Boyd Goodwin Conrad; her sisters, Beverley Hardy and Sibley Barrett; her son, Paul (Julie) Conrad; her daughter, Kathryn (Kory Willis) Conrad; and her grandchildren, Alexander McKenzie Conrad, Austin Meredith Conrad, and Rose Mackenzie Conrad Willis. She was a respected health care professional, educating medical assistants, authoring several book chapters, serving on the board of the American Association of Medical Assistants, managing a physician’s office, and serving patients with care for over 35 years before her retirement. She was also a beloved wife and fantastic mother and grandmother, and will be sorely missed by her family and friends. Memorial Service will be held Friday 11:00 a.m. at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Road, Grand Rapids. The family will meet friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mel Trotter Ministries, 225 Commerce Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503 or Food For The Poor, P.O. Box 979005, Coconut Creek, FL 33097-9005.