JoAnn Helen Walker

JoAnn Walker

Ilwaco, Wash.

Sept. 9, 1936 — July 28, 2015

JoAnn Helen Walker was born in Brainerd, Minn., to her parents, Earl and Alma (Carlson) Walker. She attended Warrenton Schools.

She married Edwin Brown, with whom she raised her five children in Gearhart, Ore. She later married twice more, Donald Forrester and Herbert (Ed) Berg. She spent the majority of her life on the North Oregon and Southwest Washington coast.

JoAnn worked for many years at Public Market, later Thriftway grocery store, in Seaside, Ore. She and Ed Berg also owned and operated Faraway Farms in Seaside.

JoAnn is survived by her daughter, Sally Brown (Joy Martin); sons, Steve (Valerie), Scott (Debbie) and Jeff (Gloria) Brown; two grandchildren, Brenda and Adam Brown; and the light of her life, great-grandson Jered Rovario. Surviving brothers include Darald (Darlene) and James (Rutha) Walker, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husbands; son, Jerry Brown; brothers, Orville, Robert, Jack and Jerry Walker; and her sister, Shirley Shelton (Walker).

JoAnn spent her last few years in Ilwaco, Wash., close to family and friends. She was always interested in what others were doing, had a fond memory of the past while enjoying the present, and was known for her love of family and her many friends.

Her passion was her yard and gardens, with begonias as her favorite. She was an avid collector, but it was in her yard and with her flowers where she would be found, knees in the dirt and a smile on her face.

As per her request, there will be no formal service, but rather the encouragement to enjoy your family, friends and flowers.

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