JoAnn Hamblen, 77, of Salinas, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2012, after a brief illness. She was born April 15, 1935, in Ozark, Arkansas.
JoAnn moved with her family to California in 1946, settling in Salinas. She attended Salinas Union High School where she graduated in 1954, and also attended Hartnell College. JoAnn went on to work for Bank of America for 35 years.
JoAnn was a kind and loving person who always put others needs ahead of her own. She cherished her church family at Cypress Community Church and was very involved in the life of the church. She enjoyed attending plays in San Francisco with friends, shopping and especially traveling to Japan to visit her sister. Most of all, JoAnn adored spending time with her family and never missed a family celebration. She will be missed here, but the family finds comfort knowing that she will have Eternal Life.
JoAnn is survived by her sisters, Margaret Crawford of Japan and Phyllis (Manuel) Cardoza of Pacific Grove; brother, Bob (Diana) Hamblen of Salinas; sister-in-law, Connie Hamblen of Salinas; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins, all of whom she considered her own children.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Dallas and Bessie Hamblen; and brothers, Bill and Ben Hamblen.
Visitation will be held Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 1 to 5 p.m., at Healey Mortuary, 405 N. Sanborn Road, Salinas, CA 93905.
Funeral service will take place Monday, November 5, 2012 at 11 a.m., at the Healey Mortuary Chapel.
Burial to follow services at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 850 Abbott St., Salinas, CA 93901.
Arrangements entrusted to the Healey Mortuary & Crematory, www.healeymortuary.com