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Joann L. Vanover

Joann L. Vanover

Joann Laurene Vanover, 76, of Beatrice passed away at the Goldcrest Retirement Center in Adams on Monday night, Sept. 4, 2017. She was born on Oct. 22, 1940 in Beatrice to David and Hazel (Danks) Wherry. She lived in Beatrice most of her life and was a graduate of Beatrice High School in 1959. At age 10, she was baptized and became a member of the West Side Baptist Church in Beatrice and later was a member of the choir and helped clean and decorate the church.

As a teenager, she had worked as a babysitter and at A&W Root Beer, Hested's, and Montgomery Wards. Later, she worked for Formfit Rogers, and McDonald's for 13 years. Joann married her high school sweetheart, Billie Vanover, on June 4, 1959 at the West Side Baptist Church in Beatrice. To this union, two daughters were born: Pam Ray and Lori Wagers. They lived in Springfield, Mo. from 1988 until they moved back home in 1999. Joann worked for the Montclair Retirement Center in Springfield, and for Kids Korner Day Care in Beatrice before retiring in 2002 to babysit a newborn grandson who was born on her birthday.

Joann loved attending activities for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved baking pies (especially apple pies), sewing, shopping and she loved to clean and decorate her home.

Survivors include two daughters, Pam Ray (Jeff) of Wymore and Lori Wagers (Scott) of Diller; six grandchildren, Tyler Ray (Liz), Ashley Weyers (Craig), Accassia Saathoff, Jayde Blythe (Travis), Trey Saathoff and Chance Earnhart; seven great-grandchildren, with one more on the way; her sisters-in-law, Belinda Wherry, Barbara Wherry, Carolyn Vanover and Lois Bernadt; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, David and Hazel Wherry; her husband, Billie Vanover (2016); her brothers, Larry and Jerry Wherry; her brothers-in-law, Jake Vanover and Lee Borgman; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at the West Side Baptist Church, with Jon Palmquist officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Home Cemetery. The body will lie in state on Thursday from 1-9 p.m. at the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice, with the family greeting friends from 7-8 p.m. and at the church for one hour preceding the service on Friday. A family prayer service will be held at 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the church. A memorial has been established to the church, with the funeral home in charge. Sign Joann's online guest book and watch her video tribute when it is completed at

These services have been entrusted to the Griffiths-Hovendick Chapel in Beatrice.

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