Joana "Jo" B. Crutcher |

Joana "Jo" B. Crutcher

Joana Crutcher Hunter died Dec. 26, 2008, in Grand Junction.

Joana “Jo” B. Crutcher was born Sept. 5, 1926, in De Moines, Iowa, to Gladys L. and George A. Barker.

Joana married William Crutcher Nov. 22, 1946, in Kansas City, Mo. He preceded her in death July 10, 1995.

She married Elmer Hunter on July 11, 2003. He survives and recently moved from Battlement Mesa to Grand Junction. During the last month, Joana was cared for at St. Mary’s Hospital and Mesa Manor Nursing Home.

She loved Christmas traditions, collecting angels, traveling, playing bridge, reading, hosting New Year’s day Soup Bowl parties, Gracie the cat, and her many friends made over 60-plus years in Glenwood Springs and Western Colorado.

Jo was an early volunteer and president of the Valley View Hospital Auxiliary and LIFT-UP, and was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs and Parachute. She was once named Paul Harvey’s “Person of the Day.”

Joana also worked as a bookkeeper for Osborne Motors, Rey Motors and Bill Crutcher Realty.

Survivors include children Wynne Foote of Littleton, Lynne (Gary) Bird of Grand Junction, John (Beth) Crutcher of East Windsor, N.J., and Lee (Autumn) Crutcher of Norwood; brothers Paul (Marilyn) Barker of Aurora, Phil (Pat) of Raymore, Mo.; grandchildren James Johnson-Null, Damon, Dirk, Wendy and Sara Bird, Michael and Ryan Foote, and Zack and Kira Crutcher; eight great-grandchildren; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made in Joana’s name to the American Cancer Society or the Garfield County Library.

There will be a memorial service at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Grand Junction. Interment will be at a later date at Rosebud Cemetery in Glenwood Springs.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mesa Funeral Service.

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