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JoAnn Mozelle Miller Minter, 85, of American Fork passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
We are here to celebrate the life of a beautiful and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. JoAnn Mozelle Minter was a warm and caring friend to all who knew her. She was truly a person who made the world a better place.
Mom was all about love and family. She was born on May 17th, 1932 in Santa Barbara, as the youngest of 5 children of Norman and Ida Mozelle Miller. She graduated from Santa Barbara High School in 1950.
She met her future husband shortly afterwards at Camp Cook Army Base near Lompoc. She had taken dancing lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, which partnered up with the USO to teach soldiers how to dance. Dad already knew how to dance, but there was magic between them when they first met.
They quickly became engaged, but Dad was beginning his tour in Korea in spring of 1951 and wanted to wait until he came back home. Dad returned in 1952 and they were married on November 29th, 1952. They settled in Eagle Rock, California. Children came soon after, with Bill born in January 1954, then Dave, Jerry, Bruce, and Richard, all by October of 1960. Mom felt her family was not complete so her daughter Joanie joined us by Easter 1965.
JoAnn was a wonderful mother to her six children. And when her love and help was needed, she was mother to 2 of her nephews. She supported all her children’s activities, including being a Den Mother in Cub Scouts and participating in the Fashion Show and Talent fund raisers for St. Dominic’s Church and School and all their sports activities. Although shy, she was a strong person and would do whatever needed to be done.
While being a mother of six, she also worked as an Executive Secretary for several companies including the California Department of Highways.
After retirement, JoAnn and William became world travelers going both on ocean and river cruises. They went to Europe, Korea and China among many other places. JoAnn and William moved to Lindon, Utah in 1995. During these years many grandchildren continued to bless JoAnn’s life. The number of grandchildren eventually grew to 22 in total. This led to an “army” of great-grandchildren that continues to grow.
JoAnn and William celebrated 65 years of a wonderful marriage last November. Family was always her most important thing. She was always happiest when spending time with her family. She had the biggest, warmest smile for everyone and an unconditional love.
After a hard struggle lasting several days, JoAnn died peacefully surrounded by her children and several grandchildren who held her as she passed into God’s hands
Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 12:00 noon in St Peters Church, 622 N 600 E, American Fork, with a rosary preceding the Mass at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Lindon City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.olpinmortuary.com.