1930 - 2012
JoAnn DePriest Schirmer past away at home December 21, 2012. JoAnn was known to most of her friends as Jody. Jody was born November 12, 1930, in Longview, Washington. Her parents
were Virginia Dee Fagan and Kenneth Jackson DePriest.
Jody attended Longview schools and graduated from R.A. Long High School in 1948. She graduated
from Washington State University in 1952 with a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Sociology. She married her college sweetheart Bill Schirmer in 1953. Immediately after graduation from college Jody began working as a social worker for Washington State Department of Public Assistance in Walla Walla for 7 years, followed
by 4 years in Dayton, Washington. While working in Dayton she was responsible for all state services in Columbia County.
Jody and Bill adopted their 2 children, Mark and Jayne, while living in Dayton. Jody gave piano lessons for several years while living in Dayton and is fondly remembered by many of her students.
Jody and her family moved back to Walla Walla in 1970 where she resided until her death.
From 1977 to 1983 Jody served as trustee on the Walla Walla Community College Board of Trustees, 4 years of which she served as Chairman of the Board. These were formative years for the college, and much of the philosophy of the college remains in effect today. After her service as Trustee, she remained on the Foundation Board, which she helped establish while serving as Trustee for the college.
Jody was a volunteer for the Planned Parenthood of Walla Walla, Carnegie Art Center, and a member of the American Association of University Women. She was a member of Chapter FT, PEO, the Congregational Church, Walla Walla Elks #287, and the Wheelers RV Club, and life member of Sigma Kappa Soroity.
Jody was a founder and member of Dayton Bridge Club and played bridge for over 50 years.
JoAnn loved to travel with her husband in their motor home which they did for more that 30 years. One of the most memorable trips was down the Baja to La Paz stopping every 3 days for side trips to the cities, ranches and small towns. Jody was an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing for any kind of fish and just about anywhere. She also enjoyed playing bridge, gardening as long as she was able, reading, cooking and most of all spending time with her grandchildren. She was known for her delightful sense of humor and enjoyed a wide circle of friends, both young and old. She will be missed by all of them.
She is survived by her husband, Bill at home, a son Mark in Memphis with his wife Pat and 4 grandchildren, Sam, Natalie, Cole and Rachael. A daughter Jayne Schirmer preceded her in death in 2010. Jack Page is Ashley's father who lives in College Place, WA. Ashley Ann Schirmer is the only local granddaughter who enjoyed much attention from her Nana! Also surviving is a cousin Kathleen her husband Steve and one boy Jeremy of Elma, WA. A cousin Danny McKay and his family also of Elma, WA. Nephews Don Kirksey, Jr. his wife Lynn and two children, Kevin and June Kirksey wife and their son Kevin, Jr. and wife Jennifer.
Jody has many cousins from the DePriest side of her family with Anna Jean Morris and husband from Longview, WA and Pat Johnson of Las Vegas, Nevada being her close cousins.
A very special friend, Ellen Bender, who was JoAnn's care giver for nearly 3 years was by her side 24/7 during the last several days of life. She was gentle and loving to Jody and Ellen has provided me with faithful support during these trying times. I am most grateful for her support.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 7th at 11 a.m. at the First Congregation Church, 735 S. Palouse St. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Community Hospice or the Blue Mountain Humane Society through the Herring Groseclose Funeral Home, 315 W. Alder, Walla Walla, WA 99362
Friends and Family are invited to sign the online guest book at www.herringgroseclose.com.