Our wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother went home to be with the Lord, after losing her battle with Alzheimer's.
JoAnne was the only child born to Wayne and Catherine Sutliff in Whittier, CA.
In 1945, they moved to Bakersfield. She graduated from East High School in 1947 and went on to UCLA, earning her teaching credential. She was also president of her sorority Alpha Delta Pi. In 1954, she married Jim Downen and they had two daughters Diane and Lisa.
JoAnne taught school until she became a stay-at-home mom. She also kept books for the family business. She dedicated her life to the Lord and started Heart To Heart Bible Study at her church, and home bible studies as well. During JoAnne and Jim's 61 years, they enjoyed traveling the world together.
JoAnne is survived by her husband Jim, daughters Diane (Tim) Yaksitch, Lisa (David) Davenport, grandchildren Alex Cagle, Talia (Evan) Shine, Grant and Tara Davenport, and great-grandson Jameson Shine.
Graveside Service will be held Monday, March 14th at 11a.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 3700 River Blvd., 93305. Luncheon to follow at Woolgrowers Restaurant, 620 E. 19th St.
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