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JoAnn York

January 5, 1944 — September 3, 2019

JoAnn York, 75, of Palo Pinto went to be with her Lord and Savior on September 3, 2019. She was born January 5, 1944 in Okmulgee County, Oklahoma to Carl and Bernice Harbison. She grew up inTulsa, Oklahoma, where she met and married Edward York on May 12, 1962. They had four children, Jeffrey, Gregory, Kerry and Matthew and eventually eleven grandchildren. She was a loving mother, wife, mimi, neighbor and friend, and will be sorely missed by all. As she was raising her family, she spent many hours cooking, crocheting afghans, and sewing clothing, blankets, curtains and various craft items over the years. The favorite presents from Mimi, as she was affectionately known by her grandchildren, were the homemade things which were wrapped in black plastic trash bags. In her later years, her passion switched from sewing to gardening, and her green thumb was evident in her beautifully landscaped lawn. She loved people and never met a stranger. She enjoyed telling jokes, if she could remember the punch line, and making people smile by wearing goofy or conventional hats. She lived in Oklahoma, Wyoming, California, but she kept coming back to Texas, particularly the Mineral Wells area. She tried out a number of occupations, including Respiratory Therapist at Palo Pinto Hospital, substitute teacher, and business owner of Country Stitchin' and Palo Pinto Emporium. Refinishing furniture and renovating houses were some of her favorite hobbies. She served the Lord since childhood, attending many area churches over the years. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Carl Harbison, Junior, as well as two grandchildren, Andrew and Adam York. She is survived by her husband, Edward York, their children: Jeffrey & Julie York of Sultan, Washington; Gregory and Dawn York and children Rachel, Brooke, Alexandria and Braileigh York of Blanco, Texas; Kerry and Steve Nieman and sons Taylor (Jessica), Kasey, and Kyle Nieman of the Houston area; and Matthew and Amy York and children Kaylee, Gage, Macy and Gavin York of Cedar Park, Texas. Services will be held 10 a.m., Friday, September 6 at Baum Carlock Funeral Home in Mineral Wells, Texas. Burial will follow at Palo Pinto Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Parkinson's Foundation.
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