Joanna Lynn Nelson It is said that, "when a being powered by unconditional love completes their cycle in sync with the plan of Divinity they make their transition, the date of entry & exit", and on December 28, 2012, the Lord chose to bring Joanna Lynn Nelson home on her 55th birthday. Joanna, or Jody as she liked to go by, was born to Bob and Berta Guthridge on December 28, 1957 in Eureka, California. She was raised in Bayside, California and graduated from Arcata High School in 1976. Jody began working at Safeway in 1984 and worked there for 28 years. She had an amazing heart for animals, especially her dogs and her horses. Jody had a strong faith in God and her passion and love for him was beautiful. Her giving spirit and graciousness and strength towards others were evident to anyone that knew her. Jody is survived by her mother, Berta Guthridge; her daughters, Stasia and Jenna Nelson; her sister and brother in law, Judi and Joe Thorne; her brother, Burt Guthridge; her niece and nephew, Blaine and Lindsey Arruda; and her grandson Cayden Sefton. She is preceded in death by her father, Robert Roy Guthridge and her grandparents Roy and Helen Guthridge. We wanted to say a special thank you to all those who extended their help, gratitude, and prayers during this difficult time. A memorial service will be held to honor the life of Jody at Bayside Presbyterian Church on Friday, January 4th at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Humboldt at www.hospiceofhumboldt.org
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