April 21, 1930 - September 21, 2016
Joanne E. (West) Brown died peacefully in Plano, TX on September 21, 2016. Joanne was born April 21, 1930 in Greeley, CO to Elmer and Eunice West.
Joanne is survived by her husband, Jack (Jackson) Brown and daughters, Melinda (Cary) Rogers and Diana (John) Delin; Grandsons, Brandon (Erica) Rogers, Brett (Lindsey) Rogers, Bryce (Laura) Delin, Ryan (fiancé Caroline) Delin; Great Granddaughters, Lillian Pendergrass, Janelle Rogers, Abigail Rogers; Great Grandson, Cole Jackson Rogers; sisters, Sylvia (William) Webster, Sandra Miller; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Gordon (infant), Lt. DeWayne West and her son, David.
Joanne grew up on a farm where sugar beets and potatoes were key crops. They kept a few animals including cows, which were their source for milk, cream and butter. She quickly learned how to turn the crank on the separator, as well as, how to operate some of the farm machinery. She loved to sew and delighted in making clothes and costumes for the girls. Joanne is 100% Swede. Both maternal and paternal grandparents immigrated from Sweden in the mid 1800’s so cooking Swedish pancakes and a few other Scandinavian dishes was common place. The tradition continued as she and her sisters often made Swedish pancakes for family occasions. She was fortunate to travel with her Aunt and Grandmother to Sweden to see family and sightsee through Europe before graduating from college.
Joanne graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education and a minor in music from University of Northern Colorado and taught 5th grade in Sunrise, WY and Fort Collins, CO. She married Jack on September 7, 1953 in Eaton, CO and moved to Montana where he worked on a Seismograph crew. Later moves would take them to several locations in MT, CA, UT, WY, and CO. Melinda was born in Cutbank, MT, David in Greeley, CO and Diana in Dallas after the family relocated to Dallas in 1956. Living for short periods of time in new locations prevented Joanne from perusing her teaching career but once she was situated in Dallas she did substitute teaching and quickly established herself as the neighborhood piano teacher. She was President of the Music Teachers of Richardson because of her ability to organize and conduct Piano competition and recitals.
She was an active participant in church choir, adult Sunday school and enjoyed ladies bowling league activities. Her record of 9 strikes in a row was the score to beat for several years in the Farmers Branch area. She loved to host birthday parties and activities for children. Later, after children were grown, Joanne became a Real Estate broker and was with Ebby Halliday for 20 years. Traveling to see family and spending time in the Rocky Mountains was always a favorite pastime, as well as, hosting Sunday school parties where her enchilada casserole was a favorite. Traveling to different areas in the RV was always most enjoyable. She never grew tired of seeing the sights along the road and exploring new places. Joanne’s love of life and always sharing what she had, including a big smile with others, were trademarks of her character. Her caregivers at Prestonwood Court affectionately called her “Smilie Brown”. She will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 A.M., Monday, October 3 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 5801 West Plano Parkway, Plano, TX, 75093. Burial will be in Greeley, CO.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent either to Dallas Area Parkinsonism Society, 6370 LBJ Freeway, Suite 170, Dallas, TX 75240 or the Parkinson Voice Project, 500 N. Coit Road, Suite 2085, Richardson TX 75080.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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