Our dearly loved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, JoAnn Johnson Fleenor Simmonds, passed away quietly in her sleep on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, while surrounded by family after a short illness. She was born June 19, 1934, to Erb M. Johnson and Florence B. Johnson in Tooele, Utah. She was raised in Tooele. She married Gail E. Fleenor on Feb. 14, 1953. They made their home in Salt Lake City, Utah, raising their three daughters. Gail died Dec. 2, 1982. She later married Howard E. Simmonds on June 28, 1991.
JoAnn worked doing accounting and bookkeeping while Gail attended college. She found her home at Evans & Sutherland where she served as Accounts Payable Supervisor, Treasury Analyst and Fleet Manager for the company’s automobiles. She was also the company’s first Facility Security Officer, working with government classified security until 1982. She was with Evans & Sutherland from 1973 until her retirement in 1997, at which time Howard built their home in Stansbury Park, Utah.
JoAnn loved hosting parties in their beautiful home, always making people feel welcome. She was a die-hard fan of the University of Utah football team and for many years she and Howard attended games and tail-gate parties with friends. She enjoyed traveling, cooking and golfing. She took delight in family and friend gatherings, and her weekly luncheons with her dear friend, Mary Burns. She will be greatly missed by many.
She is survived by her husband, Howard E. Simmonds; daughters, Sharla Rodriguez, Carol White (Chad) and Julie Casey; grandchildren, Tracy Richmond, Jennifer Versteeg, Danica Leon, Amanda Rodriguez, Brieana White, Christopher Rodriguez, Taryn White and Megan Casey; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sister, Roxie Dobson; and sister-in-law, Sheila Sparks.
A Celebration of Life will be held in her honor on Saturday, March 10, 2018, at the Stansbury Clubhouse, located at 1 Country Club, Stansbury Park, Utah, from 1-3 p.m. Online condolences may be shared at www.jenkins-soffe.com.