Joan Ashby Ford peacefully passed away in her Orem home on the morning of August 18, 2014. Joan was born May 4, 1932 in Salt Lake City to Glen and Emily Ashby. She spent her childhood in Kaysville and attended school in Davis County. Theirs was a happy home where she knew love and family closeness and the value of hard work. She is survived by her husband, John B. Ford, three brothers, Ralph (Jean) Ashby, David (Zada) Ashby and Steven (Marsha) Ashby and many of John’s siblings who she loved as her own.
Joan was a happy, creative child. She was very involved in social life in school, participating in cheerleading, student council and music. She graduated from Davis High School in 1950. Joan was spunky, personable and always the life of the party. She was caring and kind. Joan was a friend to everyone.
John B. Ford and Joan married in the Salt Lake Temple on November 20, 1953. They raised their family on a farm in Washington. They reared six children, John (Kim) Minnesota, Derin (Lisa) Orem, UT, Rick (Cindy) Parker, CO, Carl (Teresa) St. George, UT, Rosalie (Rick) Krammer Greeley, CO, and Alison (Todd) Eliason Allen, TX. She lived the latter part of her life in Orem. Joan is the mother of six children, 29 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. Her family means everything to her. She loves them more than life.
A hallmark treasure her children possess are her handmade, funny stick figure birthday cards. She spent her life serving and enjoying her family and faithfully serving many in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She was always happy to help and lift another. Joan served bravely alongside John in an eighteen month mission for the LDS Church in the Philippines. They loved the people and grew close together and created many deep bonds. She changed their lives through her music and her chocolate chip cookies. She was a fun-loving, spirited gal who was known for her quick wit and fun candor. She was rarely wrong. If you disagree, just ask her! She loved sports and challenges and made a competition out of everything! Joan was an accomplished violinist, seamstress and tournament bracket builder. She was even more gifted at the coveted, handmade trophies at each reunion.
Her competitive nature provided many fun activities at gatherings with family and friends. She spread music and humor everywhere she went. Joan was happiest beating you at tennis, making others happy, making you comfortable, telling you jokes, laughing at her own jokes, and beating you at tennis! Joan made life better for everyone around her. She was extremely positive and overcame many difficulties with her bright outlook on life. She was loved by everyone. She truly endured well. “Way to GO Joan!”
She was preceded in death by siblings Ruby (and Donald Lever) and Reed Ashby and grandsons Ryan Ford and Scott Ford.
Funeral Services for Joan will be held Saturday, August 23, at 11 a.m., at Suncrest 2nd Ward, 140 N. 400 West, Orem, where a visitation will be held prior from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Interment in Utah Veterans Memorial Park, 17111 South Camp Williams Road, Riverton, Utah. Funeral Directors: Utah Valley Mortuary. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.uvfuneral.com.