Macon County Chronicle

Tornado Claims 14th Victim

57 Year Old Joan Rodriquez passed away on Thursday, March 13, 2008Macon County tornado victim Joan Steenbergen Dawes Rodriquez, who was critically injured in the deadly February 5th storms, passed away at 3:03 a.m. on Thursday, March 13 at Macon County General Hospital, in Lafayette.

Rodriquez, of Long Creek Rd. in Lafayette, was 57 years old at the time of her death. After receiving treatment at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Rodriguez was moved to The Palace nursing home in Red Boiling Springs before being later transferred to Macon County General.

A native of Allen County, Kentucky, Rodriquez was a waitress at the Stockyard Café, a substitute teacher for the Macon County School System, and employee at the Macon County Golf Course and a member of the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.

She was the daughter of the late Floyd Evans “Tip” Steenbergen and Dorothy Jewell Fisher Steenbergen.

Survivors include her husband, Pablo Rodriquez; a son, Anthony Daxes of Lafayette; a daughter, Jennifer Robinson and her husband, Joey, of Lafayette; two sisters, Edna Witcher and Brenda Melton and her husband, Kenneth, all of Scottsville, Ky.; two brothers, Darrell Steenbergen and Roger Steenbergen and his wife, Rachel, all of Scottsville; three grandchildren, Dustin Robinson of Lafayette and Tierra Dawes and Dillon Dawes, both of Red Boiling Springs; and seven nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Joan S. Rodriquez were held on Sunday, March 16, at Goad Funeral Home in Scottsville, Ky., with her burial at Crescent Hill Cemetery.

Rodriquez was the 13th Macon County resident to be killed by the vicious tornados that swept through Middle Tennessee last month, pushing the statewide death toll to 33.