Joan Sours

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Joan Sours
December 17, 1949 - May 10, 2018
Joan (Jo-An) Marie Sours, 68, of Grand Junction, Colorado peacefully went home to be with Jesus on Thursday, May 10, 2018, after a long battle with a neuro-degenerative disease. She was at her home with her husband when she went into the presence of our Lord.
She was born Joan Marie Russell December 17, 1949, in Butte, Montana to James Owen and Carrie Russell. With her older siblings, James "Jim" and Virginia, the family moved to Clifton, Colorado in 1950. She also had older sisters, Ora Lee and Margaret "Peggy", and brother, Roger, who were grown. She attended churches in the Grand Valley, accepting Christ as her savior when she was five. She attended school in Clifton and Palisade before graduating from Central High School in 1968.
She married Keith James Sours on August 1, 1976, and they had sons, Aaron Keith and Nathan James.
Joan was fortunate to grow up in a loving household, which imparted many values that carried with her throughout her life. From her father she learned a love of the outdoors, animals, a cowboy sense of grit and determination. At age 11 she broke a seemingly unbreakable burro by continuing to climb back on it now matter how many times it bucked her off, until, exhausted, the mulish animal had to finally submit. Her mother taught her to play the piano and inspired her deep love of music and praising the Lord. One of her fondest childhood memories was playing the piano accompanied by her mom on the mandolin and her dad on the accordion. She used this gift throughout her life, playing piano at church, singing in choirs and incorporating music into her first grade classroom. Her brother, Jim, was her protector as a child and for the rest of her life she was a fierce defender of all underdogs.
As a non-traditional student and mother of two, Joan enrolled at Mesa State College (now CMU) and graduated Magna cum Laude in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science degree in English with Elementary Education teacher certification. She held down many jobs throughout her life beginning in her early teens in the orchards of the Grand Valley, but the highlight of her career was teaching first grade at New Horizons Christian School.
She was a long-time member of First Assembly of God Church (now Victory Life), where she played piano for children's church and taught second grade Sunday School for 20 years.
Joan's joy was her family and her real calling was to be a loving, Christian mother and wife. She worked to impart her gifts, values, and experience to her children. She often echoed colloquial wisdom received from her parents including, "like water off of a duck's back," "catch more flies with honey..." and "idle hands.." reminding her children to forgive and forget, return good for evil and to work diligently. Her enthusiasm was infectious and made possible many occasions of family bonding and bright memories as she spearheaded camping and fishing trips or organized midsummer field trips for her children and their friends. She celebrated holidays with great abandon, cooking, baking copiously, decorating, giving gifts, sparking new traditions and anything else that she thought would bring joy to her family and beyond.
She is survived by her husband, Keith, of Grand Junction, and her son, Aaron of Bethesda, MD.
She was preceded in death by her son, Nathan Sours; sister, Ora Lee Brown; brother, Roger Russell; sister, Peggy Russell; brother, Jim Russell; sister, Virginia Russell; father, James Russell, and mother, Carrie Russell.
Services will be 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Calahan-Edfast Mortuary. Viewing will be from 5 - 7:00 p.m., Friday, May 18. Burial at Memorial Gardens will follow the service. Pastor David Crowley will officiate.
Memorial contributions may made to the Pregnancy Center, 930 Main St., Grand Junction, CO 81501.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Psalms 116:15
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Published in The Daily Sentinel on May 16, 2018