Jo ann Preece

ORANGE — Jo Ann (Artley) Preece, 90, died Nov. 26, 2017, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare, Athol, following complications from a fall.

Born Jan. 13, 1927, in Elkhart, Ind., to Joseph and Irene (Farver) Artley, she grew up in Elkhart and Shipshewana, Ind.

Jo Ann studied art at Indiana University and nursing at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

Married on June 26, 1949, to Norman Bradford (Ben) Preece, Jo Ann was a young mom of the 50s, playing bridge and golf and going to cocktail parties, volunteering for the PTA. They raised their family in Connecticut, New York, Ohio and Utah.

She was a fabulous cook by trade and at home. She worked at numerous restaurants in Salt Lake, on an oil rig in Wyoming and owned a catering business. She worked for many years at Ralph Longg’s in Athol before retiring.

Predeceased by her parents, husband and sister Marilyn Whitmyer, she is survived by her five children, Melanie L. Preece, Everett J. Preece and wife Vicki, Brady Thompson and husband Ben, Chipp J. Preece and wife Beverly, and Casey J. Preece.

Jo Ann also had seven grandchildren, K.C. Preece (Julia), Reta Gant, Daniel Thompson, Lily Thompson (Christopher), William Thompson (Heather), Michael Preece and Preston Jack Bassett.

She also enjoyed seven great-grandchildren, Finnegan, Irie, Giacomo, Karim, Jolie, Tommy and Wilson. Jo Ann also leaves beloved cousins, nieces, nephews and a large extended family.

She resided in Tully at Stonewall Farm for 20 years and was a longtime member of the Community Church of North Orange and Tully. She loved being a member of that community.

Jo Ann was a friend to all and was deeply loved. She will be missed.

Rest in peace, Mom.

There are no calling hours.

A service will be held on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m., at the Community Church of North Orange and Tully, at the corner of Main Street and Creamery Hill Road, North Orange.

A celebration of life is also being planned for May 2018, in Salt Lake City.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is assisting the family.

You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.

ORANGE — Joann A. (Artley) Preece, 90, formerly of Royalston Road, died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at Quabbin Valley Healthcare in Athol.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

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