JoAnn was born in Winchester, Va., Sept. 19, 1949, to Joseph and Frances Carroll of White Post, Va. She was the middle child of three children. As a young girl, she was a Girl Scout. JoAnn’s passion was English riding. In her late teens, she traveled to Milwaukie, Wis., to train and ride with top English riders in the country. She was a member of a Pony Club. She competed in show jumping, showing horses, and fox hunts.
She also competed in beauty pageants. She traveled to several states, such as Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, to competitions.
JoAnn married Roger Dale Boyd. They had three children. They had six wonderful years together until tragedy struck. JoAnn was left as a widow raising three young children. She worked long hours to keep her family together.
She met and married the true love of her life, Blair William DeShong, in 1977. JoAnn was quite the Susie-home-maker and loved sewing. She canned everything she and Blair grew in their garden. She was happy when Blair suggested they move to Oregon. In December 1978, they sold everything and headed west. Shortly after moving to Oregon, the family had a new addition, Jenifer Elizabeth, in September 1979.
Through the years, JoAnn tried several careers. She became a certified nursing assistant in 1991, and started working at Harney District Hospital. She also worked in the surgery department as a scrub tech, and eventually became the manager of the Materials Management Department. She loved so many of her coworkers. She retired Jan. 1, 2015. She spent her time traveling to see her children, grandchildren and friends.
JoAnn is survived by her daughters, Tina Brewer and Jenifer DeShong; sons, Darin (Stephanie) and Roger Boyd; grandchildren, Jory, Erica, Kortney and Shannon Fritts, Brandon and Cole Boyd, Shealyne Peasley, Avery Boyd, Klaton Helvey, Aalyiah Palmer and Shyanne Fine; brother, Jack Carroll (Toni) of Hines; niece, Miranda (Ed) Moulton of Hines; and Jack Carroll Jr. of Saudi Arabia.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Frances Carroll.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Nazarene Church. A potluck lunch will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to CAN Cancer, 557 W. Washington Street, Burns, OR 97720.