Orchard — Joanne Walmer, 91, of Orchard died Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at Avera St. Anthony's Hospital in O'Neill.

Visitation was held Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 at the Cornerstone Bible Church in Orchard.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 at the church.

Burial was in the Royal City Cemetery in Royal.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Ashburn Funeral Homes in Plainview was in charge of the arrangements.

Joanne was born on Aug. 7, 1928 to Jim and Edna Thomas Johnston at Royal. She attended school in Royal, graduating in 1945. 

After receiving her teaching certificate at Wayne State in 1947, she taught at Pleasant Valley Country School near Royal for one year.  

Joanne was united in marriage to Wayne Walmer on Feb. 20, 1948 at the Royal Methodist Church. They spent their married life on the family farm west of Royal and were blessed with two sons and two daughters.  

Following Wayne’s passing in November of 1981, she moved to Orchard, remaining there until 2012 when she moved to the Evergreen Assisted Living in O’Neill.

Joanne was active in her church, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School for many years. Her love for the Lord was evident in every aspect of her life. She shared her love for music by teaching piano lessons in the Orchard area.  

During her stay at the Evergreen, she still enjoyed music and was often seen dancing down the hallway with her walker.  She had a wonderful sense of humor, a quick wit and a smile for everyone she met. 

Joanne was a remarkable cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family. Homemade bread was one of her specialties. Gardening and yardwork were also favorite pastimes, and she was known for her beautiful flowers, especially her Iris bed. During the summer months, she could be found walking the local creeks looking for petrified wood and fossils.    

Joanne is survived by one son Greg (Sue) Walmer of Royal; two daughters Cecilia (Tom) LaFrenz of Ovilla, Texas and Cynthia (Mark) Wiseman of O’Neill; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceeded in death by her parents, her husband Wayne, her 6-year-old son Craig, three brothers and one sister.                                  


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