Joanne Jo (Cruey) Williams

Born: Fri., Jan. 19, 1934
Died: Thu., Nov. 28, 2019

Graveside Service

2:00 PM Fri., Dec. 13, 2019
Location: Olney Cemetery

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WILLIAMS, Joanne J. (Cruey), died comfortably at 85 in Hermiston, Ore. on Thanksgiving Day, November 28th, 2019.

Joanne was born in Huntington, West Virginia on January 19th, 1934 to parents William and Lillian Cruey. As a young child, the family moved to Miami, FL for the warmer weather. It was there she graduated from Miami Edison High School and would soon meet her life’s love, John Williams. John was stationed in Miami for R&R after serving in the Korean War. Spurred by humor and attraction they had a whirlwind romance, and the two married on April 25th, 1952. Joanne then followed John back to his hometown of Sandy, Ore. where he would later become a State Police Officer. After the academy, John was stationed in Pendleton, Ore. where the two decided to settle down to raise their family together. The couple had two sons, Larry D. Williams and James L. Williams. After many years of raising children, her beloved John suddenly passed away on July 9th, 1983. She never fully recovered.

Joanne tried her hand at several jobs throughout her life. When her boys were young, she ran a cafe in Pendleton’s bowling alley, in the 1960s. She then later managed a Gold Bond Stamp Store and was on the assembly line for the Prowler Trailers. Later, after the death of her husband, she worked at K-Mart, Rite-Aid, and Bi-Mart. During that time Joanne remained a visible member of her community, offering her volunteer services to clubs including Main Street Cowboys, Emblem Club, Pendleton Round-Up, Lion’s Club, and Umatilla County Child Services. She felt this was very much her life’s work.

Joanne’s true joy was her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Joanne is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and 5 of her siblings. She is survived by her sons, Larry (Julie) Williams of Athena, Ore. and Jim (Leslee) Williams of Helix, Ore., and grandchildren Cory (Sarah) Williams, Haylee (Phil Patterson) Williams, Lindsee (Trevor) Hancock, Cheyenne (Lane) Bailey, and Demee (Bryan) Adams. Great grandchildren, Finley, Blake, Whitley, and Huxton. As per her request, a graveside service will be at Olney Cemetery and on December 13th at 2 pm. Pendleton Pioneer Chapel is in care of arrangements.

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debbie hearn
   Posted Sat December 07, 2019
I learned the meaning of life from a lady that had a smile but always questioned what was going on in the world..she always smiled and offered a hug and wanted to hand over advise on growing up in the world. I worked at Elizabethan manor and had the priveledge to meet joanne,even though I have not seen her for awhile,i will treasure her.

Dave Webb
   Posted Tue December 10, 2019
Larry and Jim sorry for your loss

linda horn
   Posted Thu December 12, 2019
Larry and Jim and family . I just heard of your moms passing . I send sympathy with others who treasured your mom . She was a special lady . I wish I was close enough to give you a hug Larry and Jim .

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