Joanne Blois was born on June 5, 1934 in Palo Alto, CA, and peacefully passed away April 6, 2017 after a four-year battle with Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Throughout Joanne’s illness, she was fortunate to have kept her humor, kindness, generosity, and positive outlook on life. Her love of bears and all things chocolate never wavered either!
Joanne had an adventurous spirit and loved the outdoors, in particular the Sierra Mountains and she spent many happy years living in Lake Tahoe and Bear Valley, CA. Joanne spent several years as a registered volunteer for the U.S. Forest Service at the Tallac Historic Site in Lake Tahoe and Big Trees State Park. She loved music too and was a volunteer for the annual Bear Valley Music Festival. Joanne enjoyed long walks and hiking and was always overjoyed to come upon a field of wild flowers. Gardening was another passion for Joanne and she got a kick out of the birds that would make her backyard their home. Not to mention the deer that would wander through as well! Joanne loved the water too. Lake Tahoe and Capitola Beach, CA were some of her favorite places to wade and swim.
Joanne was an artist and taught silk screening at the YWCA, and loved painting and making cards from bright, colored papers for her children and friends.
Joanne spent her last 14 years in Logan, Utah surrounded by the beautiful Cache Valley Mountains. Family and friends dearly miss Joanne and her infectious laugh, and they are grateful to know that her donation will assist medical students and research to help others, which is something Joanne strongly believed in.