Joan Elveta Rose Reeder
June 10, 1942 ~ December 15, 2021
After an extended illness, Joan Elveta Rose Reeder passed away on December 15, 2021, at the Legacy House in Ogden, Utah. She was born in Ontario, OR to Herta Regina Stanke and George Allen Rose on June 10, 1942. She grew up in Vale, OR, and her brother John Robin was born when she was 14 years old. As a young girl, she loved dancing, singing, and performing. She had fond memories of fishing with her Daddy and spending time at his cafe, The Cue, in Vale. She joined the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a service organization sponsored by the Masonic and Eastern Star orders, and at age 18 was crowned Grand Worthy Advisor for the state of Oregon.
She met Dan Lewis Reeder on a blind date when she was 15, and was impressed by his manners, sense of humor, and beautiful singing voice. She attended Eastern Oregon State College after graduating from high school, then married Dan on June 28, 1961, in the Salt Lake Temple in Utah. They had four children, Dani Jo, David Lewis, John Allen, and Garianne Rose.
Dan was in the USAF, and from 1961 to 1976, they were stationed in Sumter, SC; Tripoli, Libya; Myrtle Beach, SC; Panama City, FL; Honolulu, HI, Ogden, UT, and traveled to Europe, Egypt, Canada, and Thailand. In 1975 they moved to Riverdale, UT.
Joan shared her testimony of the Gospel with all. She instilled in her family a love of literature, theatre, public speaking, singing, traveling and appreciation for all cultures. She exemplified inclusion and sharing a sense of family with everyone. She enjoyed cake decorating, sewing, flower arranging and was well-known for her cooking and entertaining. Big parties and lavish dinners in her home will be missed. She was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader. She was a Regional Avon Sales Leader and worked full-time for 13 years at Shopko as an operations administrator and human resources manager for Utah and Colorado. After working 20 years at the IRS, she finally retired.
Joan was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed serving in the Primary, Young Womens, and Relief Society organizations, and as Ward Chorister, Choir Director, Gospel Doctrine Teacher, Counselor in the Stake Relief Society Presidency, and Ward and Stake Activities Chairman. Her greatest joy was directing Stake plays and musicals.
Joan said she saw many miracles and blessings in her life, and her love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and her faith in the Lord gave her the strength to go on despite life’s trials.
In 2011, Joan and Dan celebrated 50 years together. Their anniversary video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqRs6s-XZoc. She mourned her sweetheart’s passing in 2013. In 2018, she evacuated her home of 42 years, due to the Riverdale Spring Creek Landslide. The home was demolished, and although Joan was fortunate to move to the Riverdale Senior Center for the final years of her life, she very much missed her old neighbors and friends.
Joan is survived by her children: Dani (Scott) Wood, David, John (Christena), and Garianne Manning, 20 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren, her brother, Robin (Kathy) Rose; 2 brothers-in-law and 4 sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews. She loved her family greatly. She was so proud of her kids and grandkids and loved being in the audience at all their events. We will miss her cheers and support and take comfort in the knowledge that families are forever.
We express our deepest thanks to Inspiration Home Health and Hospice and Legacy House for their tender care of Joan.
At Joan’s request, only graveside services will be held on December 22, 2021 at 10 a.m. for family and close friends at Lindquist’s Memorial Gardens of the Wasatch, 1718 Combe Road, Ogden, UT 84403. Facemasks are requested. Services entrusted to Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, Joan suggested donating to your church, a charity, or helping someone in need.