JoAnn (Carlson) Hess, age 79 of Centralia, died on Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at home with her family by her side. She was the loving wife of Carroll Hess with whom she shared 59 years of marriage. JoAnn was born in Shenandoah, Iowa on Saturday, July 28, 1934, and was the daughter of the late Herman and Vivian (White) Carlson. She was a graduate from Villisca High School, class of 1952. As a student at Villisca High, JoAnn was active as a cheerleader and had the honor of being named Homecoming Queen.
JoAnn was a very outgoing person who was artistic and loved to paint. She created flower arrangements and did a variety of crafts, gardening, cooking and reading. JoAnn loved horses and was an avid walker.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her two daughters, Valoree Gorden of Wisconsin and Diana Hardy of Olympia; her son, Terry Hess of Olympia; and her brother, Kevin Carlson of Oregon. She was the grandmother of six and great-grandmother of five. JoAnn was preceded in death by her sister, Cleta Archer.
Relatives and friends respectfully are invited to JoAnn’s graveside service at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at the Grand Mound Cemetery, 6300 183rd Avenue SW, Rochester, WA 98579. A reception will follow services.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in JoAnn’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society (Lung Cancer Research), P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718, www.cancer.org/donate or to your favorite charity.
For online guest book visit www.newellhoerlings.com. Family Service by Newell-Hoerling’s Mortuary, Centralia.