The heart and soul of our family returned to Heavenly Father Monday, Nov. 15, after being cared for by her loving husband and children.
She was born Sept. 19, 1929 in Provo, Utah to William J. and Irene Erickson Thayne. She grew up in Brigham City and in Ogden, Utah. JoAnn graduated from Ogden High School in 1947. She attended Weber State College and Utah State University. She met the love of her life, Lewis V. Nord and they began their lifelong romance. She married Lew in the Logan LDS temple on Feb. 24, 1949.
They raised a family that loves to be together. Mom’s house was always the gathering place for family and friends — for which she has many. She was honored to be the mother of the “Utah Family of the Year” in 1980. She was a “milk and honey” mother providing the necessities of life while teaching us to make every day a joyful celebration. We love her sense of humor. The legacy of her stories and her “JoAnn’isms” will live on forever.
She will be missed by her best friend and eternal companion, Lewis V. Nord; her children, Rick L. Nord, Susan (Brad) Green, Tina (Chuck) Schwab, Joni (Robert) Walker and Brett (Ann) Nord, 27 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and brother Melvin J. Thayne. Preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, one sister and her son, Kevin Nord.
JoAnn used to say that she didn’t have any talents. Everyone who knew her, knew the opposite. Her true talent was with people and the way she loved others. She had an amazing gift of lifting those around her and making them feel special. A chat with Jo usually meant your hand in hers, or her hand softly rubbing your arm while she shared her opinion and her love. She was never short on either one.
Her life was full of service. She loved to serve in all of the auxiliaries, in particular as Primary President in a double session primary of over 300 children and as Ward and Stake Young Women’s President. JoAnn served with her husband as a Public Communication Missionary in the Australia Adelaide Mission from 1987-1988. They presided over the Micronesia Guam Mission from 1989-1992. They served as Assistant Directors of Church Hosting for 21⁄2 years. JoAnn loved those she served and served with, and loved her role as Missionary Mom. She was a woman of faith with a strong abiding testimony that helped sustain her as she endured to the end.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 22, 2010 at 11 a.m. at the Bountiful Moss Hill LDS Chapel, 455 South 1200 East in Bountiful. Friends and family may visit Sunday evening 6-8 p.m. and Monday morning 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the same location. Online guest book at www.russonmortuary.com .
Special thanks to the staff of Life Care Center and Lakeview Hospital for their tender loving care for JoAnn and our family.
No one will ever question her love for the Lord, her love for her family and her love for life.
The family would love to hear your memories, stories and thoughts of JoAnn. Please call 1-877-OurQuilt (687-7845) and enter invitation #124026.