A memorial service commemorating the life of JoAn Everist Fugate will be held 11 a.m. Oct. 8, 2016 in the Valley Chapel at Saratoga Cemetery. JoAn passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 7, 2016 after suffering a stroke.
JoAn was born Oct. 30, 1929 in Trinidad, Colo. to George and Ollie Everist. At age 7, JoAn moved to Saratoga with her family. There, she met and married Raymond Johnson in 1947. JoAn and Raymond had three daughters, Kathleen, Marci and Charmaine. They lived in multiple towns across Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana as Raymond operated a dragline doing highway and canal construction. Raymond was tragically killed in a work accident in 1965 and JoAn then returned to school and completed an Associate’s degree in accounting and worked in that field for many years.
JoAn married James Fugate in 1971 and settled on a ranch in Otto, Wyo. They moved during their retirement to Fort Collins and lived also in Thermopolis and Casper. JoAn joined her daughter Charmaine for a five-year stint on the east coast living in Tennessee and Washington, D.C. before returning to live near her eldest daughter Kathleen in Colorado. She resided in Deer Trail, Colo. for nine years before moving to assisted living in Limon, Colo.
JoAn is survived by her three daughters, Kathleen (Frank) Grasmugg of Byers, Colo.; Marci (Pleaman) Shaver of Torrington; Charmaine Foltz of Silver Spring, Md.; grandchildren, Misti (Warner) Simms of Tucson, Ariz.; Jesse (Tatyana) Foltz of San Francisco, Calif., Arthur Shaver of Torrington and Josh Grasmugg of Denver; two brothers, Virgil Everist, of Las Vegas, and Lee, (aka Duane) Everist of Central Point, Ore.; a brother-in-law, Dale Johnson, of Oregon City, Ore., and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands Raymond Johnson and James Fugate; two brothers, Farrell and Verlin Everist and two sisters, Mary Ellen and Verna.
JoAn was a kind, gentle and loving mother and valued friend to many. Her memory will be cherished by family and the many friends she acquired over the years in her various travels and moves.
Memorial donations may be made to: The Salvation Army Intermountain Division, 1370 Pennsylvania St., Denver, CO 80203.