1950 ~ 2021 (age 71)
Joanne passed away peacefully on March 24th after a long battle with M.A.C. lung disease.
Mom was born a New Years’ Baby, January 1st, 1950 to Garold and Lillian Mellum and grew up on a farm by Fairmount.
She was predeceased by her parents, her sister Gaylene and her brother Garry. She leaves her memories to be carried on with her brothers Dennis and Brian(Linda) as well as her awesome husband of 53 years, Ralph. Four amazing daughters; Melody(Rick), Melinda(Peter), Michelle, & Marcy(Steve). Her fabulous grandchildren; Amelia, Bobby(Sydney), Ryan(Taryn), Lilli, Matthew(Layla), Cole, Cory, Kenzie, Zadie, Quinlen, & Ashton. Her adorable great grandchildren; Layla, Maverick, Wren, & Daxton.
Joanne was a very proud domestic engineer, but that only made-up part of who she was. She married Ralph in 1967 and was an integral part of creating and running Warman’s Welding & Namraw Lumber. Running after four daughters took up the majority of her time but she always made time for community service and volunteer work.
Travelling the world brought a lot of adventure over the years but didn’t compare to the arrival of grandchildren and great grandchildren and the growing number of homemade Christmas stockings. Her passion and talent for creating and sewing was evident in the countless birthday cakes, syncro costumes, wedding and bridesmaid dresses and endless Christmas crafts.
In recent years, they made a second home in Mexico where they enjoyed embracing the culture and community, which led them to their extensive charity work with the kids in Mexico.
Her memory will live on in all of us.
Due to COVID restrictions there will be a Private Family Service for Joanne at this time. A recording of the service will be posted on this site.
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