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Teresa J. Jarvis Gardner

Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home


Joann Jarvis Pace Gardner, 84, of Midland passed away Wednesday, February 1, 2017, in Midland.  Graveside service February 18, at Resthaven North.  Memorial service February 18 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home Chapel.

Joann was born August 22, 1932 in Sweetwater, Texas, to Irby B. Jarvis and Nora Mae Horn Jarvis.  She graduated from Sweetwater High School in 1949 and attended the University of Texas in Austin.  Later she graduated from Western Union Telegraph School in Oklahoma City, and worked as a Clerk Operator for them in Sweetwater and Killeen, Texas.

Joann married Jack Pace in 1951, and later married Glenn Gardner in 1961.  She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Midland from 1965-1978.  In 1988 she became a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church where she was Ordained as a Deacon in 1998.

Joann served on the Robert E. Lee High School Youth Center Board and was also President of the PTA from 1981-1982.  Joann was a member of the Permian Basin Geological-Geophysical Auxiliary, and the Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority since 1953.  She worked as an Executive Secretary /Receptionist for St. Luke’s United Methodist Church from 1988-1997 and also was a Bridal Consultant and Wedding Coordinator from 1973-2006.  Joann was a friendly, energetic and caring person.  She was a wonderful homemaker who enjoyed gardening, volunteering and socializing.  She loved entertaining her many friends and family.  She was a great organizer in her personal and business life.  Joann was an avid LHS fan and never missed a chance to attend a Lee football game.

Those left to cherish her memory are her three sons, seven grandchildren, great granddaughters Marnie, Olive, and Maya Pace, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Joann was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and son Irby Brad Pace.  She was also preceded in death by first husband Jack Edward Pace in 2000.

from obituary at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home 

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