JoeAnn Carole Johnson Brown
1931 ~ 2014

Our beautiful sweet wife, mother, grandmother, and friend passed away peacefully October 11, 2014, surrounded by loved ones. She was born December 12, 1931, in Murray, Utah to Joseph Theodore and Merelda Elizabeth Berger Johnson.

JoeAnn was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In her youth she earned the Golden Gleaner Award. JoeAnn married her eternal companion, Donald J. Brown, in 1955 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Together they shared a wonderful marriage, raising three children. JoeAnn served many years with the LDS Young Women organization as a ward and stake leader. She also served as ward Relief Society president. JoeAnn and Donald and their son Seth served a stake mission in Richland, Washington.

JoeAnn graduated from Murray High School, and received a degree in Physical Education from the University of Utah. JoeAnn was very talented and with her charm was chosen Miss Murray of 1954, and was third runner-up for Miss Utah. JoeAnn was an outstanding athlete and loved many sports. In track & field she held the Intermountain AAU 100 meter record for over 20 years. She was unable to attend the 1956 Olympic time trials held in Washington, DC that year, however her outstanding times would have qualified her for the 200 meter event and the US Women’s 400 meter relay team. JoeAnn loved mountaineering with her husband Don. Together they climbed The Grand and Middle Teton Peaks, Mt. Rainer, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen, and all of the major peaks along the Wasatch Front.

In 1962 JoeAnn was instrumental in organizing the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Benton and Franklin Counties, in Washington. She helped arrange for job opportunities for handicapped youth. The Association merged with the National Association for Retarded Children and is now The Arc of Tri-Cities, Washington.

JoeAnn had great talent playing the piano and organ and enjoyed playing in church from the age of 12 until just last year. She was her son Seth’s favorite accompanist.

JoeAnn was preceded in death by two sisters, Lavella Marjorie (Bill) Lewis, Dorothy (Richard Romney) Clawson and two brothers Keith Johnson and Joseph Jr. Johnson. JoeAnn is survived by her husband Donald, her daughter Tai (Steve) Trent, sons Seth Brown, and Ero (Kalei) Brown, and sisters Maxine Lois (Evan) Pearson and Sherry Lynn (David) Omans. Don and JoeAnn have ten grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM in the LDS Chapel at 9737 Chesterfield Dr, Cedar Hills, Utah. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 1:00 PM at the LDS Stake Center at 1720 Thayer Dr, Richland, Washington. Viewing will be held at the same location from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM prior to the funeral services. Interment at 3:00, Sunset Memorial Gardens, Richland.

 

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