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JoAnn Darland


JoAnn Darland, 79, a lifelong resident of Goldendale, passed away on Saturday December 13, 2014 at Garden Village in Yakima, WA where she had been residing for the past 3 years.

JoAnn was raised on the family farm in the Blockhouse area where she enjoyed so many aspects of rural living – caring for her cats, riding her horse, gathering eggs, and participation in 4-H, Girl Scouts and later as a Rainbow Girl. She especially loved her Home Economic classes at Goldendale High School taught by Mrs. Pete Jensen. JoAnn was a member of the Goldendale High School graduating class of 1953.

The family moved back into town in 1954. It was then that she became an active member of a number of organizations in Goldendale: Evergreen Chapter #1, Order of Eastern Star, Leah Rebekah Lodge, and the Goldendale Grange. She maintained her interest in these groups for the rest of her life, giving cheerfully of her time and talents. JoAnn had a lifelong interest in needlework of all kinds and was pleased to have won many blue ribbons over the years at the local Klickitat County Fair as well as at the WA State Fair in Puyallup. She had several collections, including scrap books and photo albums of her family and her interests, and she enjoyed displaying them in her home and explaining them to her visitors. She also became active in helping at the Senior Center as a volunteer helper and spent many years working hard to serve the people there. She was a member of the United Methodist Church.

JoAnn enjoyed traveling with her parents around the Pacific Northwest, into Canada to visit relatives, and on her father’s many travels as he served on the Klickitat County P.U.D. board of commissioners. She loved sharing and explaining her large spoon collection found at many of those locations.

Friends admired the courage of JoAnn despite her health struggles and also for remaining at her home for many years following the death of her beloved parents, Lee and LaVerne Darland.

She is survived by several cousins with whom she often corresponded all of her life and who will miss her spunk, independence, hand crafted gifts and her sense of humor.

A graveside service at Goldendale IOOF cemetery was held on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 1:00 with Rev. Ben Moore officiating.


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