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Saturday, November 25, 2023
10:00 - 11:45am (Mountain time)
Our beloved mother, Nana, and great-Nana, peacefully passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2023, in Draper, UT. JoAnn (as she was known by because she hated to be called Martha) was born on October 13, 1934, in Dayton, Idaho to LaVere and Annie Leone Balls. She just celebrated the 50thanniversary of her 39th birthday.
JoAnn was proud to say that she was a good old farmgirl as she grew up on a farm in Idaho along with her brothers Lloyd “Buzz”, ElRay, Orvid, half-brother Glen, and sister Avon. In the winters she loved ice skating and was a majorette for the high school marching band. JoAnn graduated from Westside High School and spent some time at Brigham Young University (GO COUGARS!) For years you could find JoAnn at a U of U home basketball game against BYU cheering with her blue and white pom poms in a sea of red shirts.
She married Robert Bruce Moore in the Logan Temple on June 24, 1955. The two were inseparable and always taking care of each other during their 67+ year marriage until Bob’s passing in November 2022
Throughout her life, JoAnn worked as an IBM operator, bookkeeper, and spent many years in various departments for the Federal Reserve Bank in Salt Lake City. She took pride in being immaculately dressed and always looking her best as well as making sure her kids were well groomed.
As a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, JoAnn served in many callings in the Relief Society, Sunday School, and Young Women’s, but her favorite calling was teaching the Sunbeams in Primary. JoAnn and Bob served service missions at a Salt Lake City Ward and at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Conference Center.
JoAnn was a great cook, baker, and seamstress. She made prom dresses for her daughters and the blessing dresses for her granddaughters who have since also blessed their own daughters in the dress that Nana made. She received a blue ribbon at the Utah State Fair for her popular apple pie.
Service was in her DNA. She was always looking for ways to help others. Many family, friends, and neighbors were the lucky recipients of special baked treats and meals from her kitchen. She would get up in the early morning hours before work to make cinnamon rolls or treats to give to family and neighbors. She spent countless hours preparing food for holidays and family special occasions along with the many meals she made for others. Even up until her passing, she was looking through recipe books and magazines wanting to bake something to send home with family that were visiting. JoAnn will be dearly missed by the family members and friends she has touched throughout her life.
She is preceded in death by her husband Robert Bruce Moore, parents, sister Avon, brothers Glen, ElRay, sisters-in-law, Janice and Arleen, and a great granddaughter, October. She is survived by her three children, Karri (Allen) Adams, Stacey (Dan) Harvey, and Barry (Julie) Moore, 14 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.
A viewing will be held Saturday, November 25th from 10 am – 11:45 am at Cannon Mortuary, 2460 E Bengal Blvd (7600 South), prior to a family graveside service at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
The family would like to thank all those that have provided service to JoAnn, including neighbors and the many caregivers at Ashford Memory Care in Draper as well as the nurses at Inspiration Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, bake a special treat and share with a friend or neighbor.