October 13, 1922 - November 5, 2006
Steamboat Springs resident JoAnn Blackburn died Nov. 5, 2006, at Doak Walker Care Center. She was 84.
Blackburn was born Josephine Oliver on Oct. 13, 1922, in Fresno, Calif., to Joseph Oliver and Emma Camella, both Italian immigrants from Northern Italy.
She married Cortland Blackburn on Aug. 16, 1941, in Los Angeles. They lived many years in the San Fernando Valley with their two children, Lana and Greg.
She was baptized as one of Jehovah's Witnesses on Sept. 7, 1963, at the international convention in Pasadena.
She moved to Steamboat Springs in 1975. In 1985, she moved to Fort Collins where she lived the next 18 years.
She spent much of her time in the door-to-door and Bible study activity. She enjoyed talking to others about her faith and studying the Bible with them. She also enjoyed traveling.
She attended international conventions of Jehovah's Witnesses in Europe, Estonia and Korea.
She lived her last two years at the Doak Walker Care Center, where she received loving care until her death.
She is survived by her sister, Julie Bowen of Santa Monica, Calif.; her daughter, Lana Blackburn of Long Beach, Calif.; and her son, Greg Blackburn and granddaughters, Sierra and Whitney of Steamboat Springs.
She will be missed by her congregation, her friends at Doak Walker Care Center and her family.