JoAnn Hamilton
1938 - 2014
Lindquist Mortuary- Bountiful
727 N. 400 E. (Orchard Drive)
Bountiful, UT
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
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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Published by The Salt Lake Tribune from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2014.
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I just finished reading Joann's book on personal revelation. I was so impressed with it that I Googled her name to see what other books or materials she has written and was saddened to find that she passed away. I'm sure I will learn a lot from the rest of her work that I've found. She was obviously a great woman. -John Morgan
October 4, 2017
I recently learned of Sister Hamilton's passing. I'm so very sorry for the loss you feel as a family and we feel as a community. What a wonderful woman, who has influenced so many lives for good!

Last spring she consented to come and speak at our LDS Widows & Widowers Conference. She did a fabulous job and had young widows and widowers talking with her for hours asking advice and receiving hope and comfort from the messages she shared.

While planning the 2015 conference I brought up inviting her back and that's when I learned she had passed away. Divine intervention played a role in having her speak last year. I'm so glad we didn't put it off and had her come. As I said, she touched so many lives.

The Lord watches out for the needs of all his children. I know he is watching over your family and pray you will receive every needed blessing at such a tender time.

With love and admiration-
Kimberly Kemp Montierth
LDS Widows & Widowers- Director
Kimberly Kemp Montierth
January 11, 2015
I want to leave a few words of condolence for Sister Hibbert's family. She was my Mission Mother in the late 60s, and over the ensuing years endeared herself to me & many others in the Sorensen Family. We all loved and admired her - grateful for how much she added to our lives! May the Lord especially bless her children, that they might stay close & so live that they might all rejoice together in heaven someday...
Jeanne (Sorensen) Willard
January 6, 2015
Dear Fred and Family,
We have fond memories of being together with you and Joann on the trip to Israel in 1996 with the other Seminary teachers. Our lives were blessed for having known Joann. We felt her zest for life and the worthy causes in which she engaged. She wore out her life in the service of others. Love and peace to you, Keith and Darlene Despain
Darlene Despain
December 19, 2014
We express our ongoing admiration for Joanne and the light that shine brightly they her. Her love for others was exemplary. It is a pleasure to have known her..
Kathy and Dan James
Kathy James
December 18, 2014
Joann has always been an inspiration to me. She was straight forward and passionate about all the most important things. An elect lady! She will be missed.
Kristen Flandro
December 18, 2014
I am saddened to see that Ms. JoAnne has passed. She was one of the most kind spirits I have had the honor to know. JoAnn was my landlord in Salt Lake, many many years ago. I will never forget the help and support that she was willing to give. Blessings and prayers to her family for their loss of such a beautiful woman. She will me missed greatly.
Laura Stanley
December 18, 2014
This woman saved me in my teenage years. She taught me. She listened to me...and literally picked me up out of her gutter after a bicycle accident. She cared for my parents and never had a negative comment. Even when I grew older she always claimed me as half hers. "See this girl right here. She's half mine because I found her in my gutter" My heart hurts and I am sorry. JoAnn you are a soul that has touched so many. You are one of the few that never judged anyone...just loved the soul. The world has lost an amazing soul. That one could resist that smile. Thank you for letting me know you. Love Heather...your gutter child.
Heather Johnson
December 17, 2014
My love and thoughts are with you and your family at this time. Joann was a beautiful lady that shared herself with so many.
Tawnya Zeidler
December 17, 2014
Countless lives have been touched for good by this extraordinary woman. What a blessing to have known her, to have learned from her, and to have felt her kindness for all. My condolences to those closest to her. Tom Miller. Midvale.
December 17, 2014
I was introduced to Sister Hamilton by her son, Joe, whom we served in the Inner City Service Mission. Joe provided cds of his mother's best collections and I gave them to family and friends, and many professional people. She was a joy to listen to. She loved the Lord and we pray for great blessings upon her family to embrace the things she cherished. God's choicest blessings upon all of you at this time and always.
Tom and Annette Miller
December 17, 2014
Dale and Family, I am sorry to read of you Mothers passing. Also a feeling of relief to know she is with her beloved parents. What a wonderful woman she is. You have such a great family. I am blessed to call you friend. May peace be with you and yours always.
Laura Passey & Carter Crew
December 17, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you dear family and friends of JoAnn. What a beautiful wonderful woman has gone home to heaven. So hard on those left behind, but may you be blessed with the peace of knowing she is now in such a wondrous place. Free of pain and suffering. JoAnn you'll be missed deeply. Much love to you blessed family. I'm so grateful to of had the opportunity to work with you thru my job as well as thru some of your writings. Prayers for peace and comfort to you all.
Wendy Holmes
December 16, 2014
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