JoAnne Stone

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JOANNE STONE
November 9, 1933 ˜ January 1,
2019

On January 1st, 2019, JoAnne Stone, loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, singer, artist, and matriarch, went willingly into the arms of God. After suffering for decades with debilitating arthritis and fibromyalgia, JoAnne, 85, died of natural causes in her Hazel Dell home surrounded by loved ones.
Born on November 9th, 1933, to Katherine and Deloy Reid, Joanne was the middle child of nine. She grew up in the Salt Lake City area where she met and married Patrick, the love of her life, in 1962. In 1971 Pat and JoAnne brought their family of four children to settle in Vancouver, WA.
JoAnne is remembered for her radiance, her strength, her warmth, and her humor. JoAnne had an unforgettable bass voice that was cultivated in a family of barber shoppers. She shared her talents with the Columbia River Chorus of Sweet Adelines from 1973-1987 where she sang bass, acted as MC, and served as President. Always the artist, JoAnne had a passion for floral design and could be seen selling her creations at Christmas bazaars in the Vancouver area from 1990-2000.
Because JoAnne believed that strangers were simply friends she had yet to meet, she was loved by many people around town; she was the customer the bank teller would invite to her wedding; she was the client the hair dresser would invite to her baby shower. But JoAnne will always be best remembered as a loving wife and mother. Her devotion to her husband, and their supreme love and commitment to one another, serve as an unforgettable example of true love to anyone who had the good fortune to see them together.
JoAnne not only raised her own four children, but helped to raise many deaf children who boarded in our home while attending Tucker Maxon Oral School, where Patrick served as teacher, principal, and ultimately director. From 1968-1986 JoAnne acted as a surrogate mother to deaf children, expanding the love and joy of our household to however many folks we could fit.
JoAnne will join her parents and siblings Tom, Ernestine, Donna, and John, in heaven.
She will be missed greatly by her husband, Patrick, and children Joni and Russ Mosteller, Michael and Gail Stone, Jennifer (GiGi) Stone, and Steven Stone. Her sisters Geraldine, Arlene, and Kathy, as well as her brother Lee, and many nieces and nephews, will also miss her dearly. JoAnne is also survived by 26 grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will never forget their grandmother’s love, wisdom, and exceptional video gaming abilities.
The family will be holding a private service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to Tucker Maxon School, at www.tuckermaxon.org/contribute.
Please sign her guest book @ www.columbian.com/obits

Published in The Columbian on Jan. 13, 2019