On July 12, 2020 JoAnn Blackburn Hendrickson returned home where she was greeted by her parents, Gerald and Letha, along with her brothers Kenneth, Thomas, Alfred, Dean, and her sisters, Lucille, Edna, and Jeneen. She is survived by her brothers Ralph and David, her sister Ranae and many nieces and nephews. Her four daughters and their spouses; Randi (Margo) Beatty-Singleton, Traci (Kevin) Sessions, Kari (Jason) Locher, and Kristi (Aaron) Locher. Eleven grandchildren, Andrew, Stephanie, Thomas, Brent, Allison, Ashley, Kendra, Emma, Noah, Tyler, and Brittanee along with 9 great-grandchildren. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, especially Kendra, Emma and Noah with whom she lived for the last 14 years of her life. Her family was very important to her and she enjoyed spending time with them playing all types of card and word games.
JoAnn was born in Duschene, UT on March 14 1941. She was ninth of 11 children. Her family relocated to Salt Lake City where she attended school and graduated from South High School. She married Gerald Hendrickson April 6, 1962. They moved from Utah to Tacoma, Washington, then to Scofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii, following their time in Hawaii the family relocated to Fort Carson, Colorado and subsequently settled in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she remained for nearly 50 years.
When she lived in Salt Lake City, she started a job as a switchboard operator for the telephone company, which she thoroughly enjoyed. After relocating to Colorado Springs, she was employed with and retired from Civil Service with the Federal Government as a switchboard operator at the US Air Force Academy and NORAD.
She was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.