Obituary: JoAnn (Joan) E. Evans, 1932 – 2021 | The Independent Verde

JoAnn (Joan) E. Evans passed away peacefully in Jerome, AZ on March 24, 2021.

Joan was born on September 16, 1932 in Laverne, OK to Velma and Herschel (Hank) Evans. She had four siblings: Russell, Allen (Hoot), Sula and Arley J. (Boog).

Joan graduated from Laverne High School in 1950 and Oklahoma State University with a BA in Education, and then received her MA from Northern Arizona University.

A longtime educator, she began her career as a high school teacher in Englewood, Kansas. From there she moved to Elma, Washington, and then to Buckley, Washington.

Moved to Baghdad, Arizona and taught at Baghdad High School for three years. In 1963, she moved to Jerome, Arizona, and began teaching at Jerome High School.

Joan went on to Mingus Union High School where she devoted 25 years, retiring in 1989.

After her retirement, Joan continued to teach business classes at Yavapai Community College. During her tenure, she coached many sports and was instrumental as an advisor to the Mingus Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) where she led them to 13 state championships. Joan was very active with the Haven United Methodist Church in Jerome, Arizona, and was instrumental in starting Haven Food Pantry.

She was a long time member of the board of directors of the Jerome Historical Society. She was also a member of the Jerome Humane Society and the ADK – Education Association. Joan’s love for history was evident when she co-wrote the Jerome Cemetery book, “Gone But Not Forgotten”.

In honor of Joan’s love for education, a scholarship fund has been established in her name at Mingus Union High School: Mingus Connection-Joan Evans Scholarship-c / o Steve Huson CPAPO Box 1071 Clarkdale, AZ 86324.

A celebration of Jeanne’s life is scheduled for July 31, 2021 (Saturday) in her yard from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Due to parking limitations, a shuttle from Building C of Jerome High School will be available (every 15 minutes). Join us in celebrating this remarkable woman.

The information was provided by friends and family.

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