JoAnn E. Just passed away on May 5, 2007 in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
JoAnn Gillson was born June 20, 1932 to Ezra and Edna Gillson in Austin,
JoAnn had a love for life, especially her life in Christ, and a great love
for serving the Lord, which she did faithfully from her youth until the
Lord called her home at the age of 74.
After graduation from Austin High School, she worked as a switchboard
operator for Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
During this time she accepted the Lord as her personal Savior, and attended
Northwestern Bible College in Minneapolis.
JoAnn began her Christian service by teaching Pioneer Girls Clubs. Between
1960 and 1963 she served as housemother for Grace Children's Home in Central
City, Nebraska, caring for girls who were wards of the state and students
at Nebraska Christian School. In 1963 JoAnn felt the call of the Lord to
the Mexican Mission Ministries in Pharr, Texas. There she served as secretary
to Rev. Walter Gomez. In 1974 she moved to Dallas where she served as
secretary to the president of Southern Bible Institute.
JoAnn married Howard Just on Nov. 14, 1975, and together they served the
Lord at the Southern Bible Institute.
In 1977 Howard and JoAnn again answered the Lord's call to return to Mexican
Mission Ministries. During these years JoAnn led Bible studies with young
ladies. Howard and JoAnn developed many close friendships that continue to
be of great encouragement.
Once again Howard and JoAnn sensed the call of the Lord and on Dec. 8, 2005
moved to Tahlequah, Oklahoma to join Christ For Me, Inc. as Bible
correspondents, where they graded lessons on Wednesdays. Their correspondence
was largely with inmates.
JoAnn had a vivacious personality that she expressed in many ways, one of
which was her love for Christmas. She loved decorating her home for thee
holidays. She also loved to entertain and did this well until deteriorating
health no longer allowed her to do so. JoAnn considered her roles as prayer
warrior and homemaker an honor and a joy. She fulfilled these roles very
Even though Howard and JoAnn were not blessed with biological children, they
opened their hearts with joy and developed a deep love for these whom they
call their "kids and grandkids." These special people provided love,
encouragement, and great joy to the Just's home.
She leaves behind her husband, Howard; her sisters, Twila (Lloyd) Roush and
Betti Pollin; her brother, Ray (Betty) Gillson; her sister, Lois (Frank)
Felty; her mother-in-law, Hulda Just; her sister-in-law, MaryLou (Harvey)
JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, Ezra and Edna Gillson; by her
brother, Ron Gillson; and by her father-in-law, Jake Just.
A memorial service to honor JoAnn was held on Friday May 11, 2007 in the
Green Country Funeral Home Chapel, Tahlequah, Oklahoma.