Oct. 10, 1938 ~ Dec. 14, 2014
JoAnn Long Hibbert Hamilton died peacefully in her sleep on December 14, 2014 from complications of post-polio syndrome. She was born to Meredith Marshall Long and Ella Angerbauer Long and grew up in Brigham City, graduating 4th in her class from Box Elder High.
She attended BYU and graduated with an English major. She married Sherman H. Hibbert in the Salt Lake Temple, August 26, 1959. They lived in Idaho and Utah where Sherm practiced Law. They served as Mission Presidents in Sao Paul Brazil then moved to Bountiful, Utah to raise their 8 children. Sherm died of cancer on November 18, 1978. On January 15, 1982 JoAnn married Fred Hamilton, a widower with 13 children.
JoAnn had a passion for teaching the gospel. She taught course 16 Sunday school for 16 years as Fred brought bean bags weekly for her students to sit on. She taught early morning Seminary, lectured for BYU Education Week, Women's Conference and EFY. She lectured across the United States and in Canada, Portugal and Brazil. She authored books and produced CDs of many of her talks.
She was a strong advocate for families in the war against pornography. She wrote columns for newspapers, served as American Mothers President for Utah, and founded Citizens for Families--Coalition for Community Standards. She felt an urgency to teach the importance of protecting children from inappropriate media. She worked nationwide and internationally to establish child-appropriate community standards. Some of her writing can be found at www.strenthenthefamily.net
She loved her family above all else. She found the good in life daily despite health problems. She loved music and found joy in playing her violin.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her brother Richard Long, her mother Ella Long, her father Marshall Meredith Long, and grandchildren, Mason and Esther Hibbert.
Surviving JoAnn are her husband, Fred Hamilton, her children Dale Hibbert, Jill Buss, Steve Hibbert, Mona Agamez, Dan Hibbert, Becky Barnett, Bonnie Pittman, Dave Hibbert, James Boley, Skip, Rick, Paul, and Rob Hamilton, Pauline, Nora, Nellie, Carol, Kim, Penni, and Jody Hamilton, Merri Sharma, and Sean Hamilton.
Funeral services will be at 1:00 pm, Saturday Dec. 20, 2014 at the LDS Chapel at 165 S. 1000 E. Bountiful, Utah. Friends may visit family Fri. Dec. 19th from 6-8 pm at Lindquist's Bountiful Mortuary, 727 N 400 E. and Sat. Dec. 20th from 11:45 to 12:45 at the Church prior to services. Interment Bountiful City Cemetery following services.
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