Joan Vlasic Thomas, 85 of Genola, passed away Oct 3, 2019. She was born Dec 21, 1933 in Mammoth, Utah the daughter of Ruth Erikson and Joseph Vlasic.
Joan was raised in Mammoth, Utah by her mother and step-father Chris Sorensen. She graduated from Tintic High School in 1952. She was the Juab County Rodeo Queen in 1950. Joan was a hard-working and caring mother and friend. She loved the outdoors, animals (especially horses), playing softball, working on the farm, traveling and most of all being with her family. She was a great cook, seamstress, artist, and could fix almost anything.
Joan married Lowell L. Thomas on Oct 15, 1951 in the Manti Temple. They made their home in Genola for their entire life except for 3 years in Western Samoa where Lowell served in the school education system for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She spent many years serving in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints including Relief Society President in Samoa, librarian, Young Women Camp program and at the Provo Temple. She had a great love for music and sang alto in the ward choir for many decades.
Joan and Lowell are the proud parents of 8 children: JLynne Van Orman (John) of Ephraim, Matt (Brenda) of Orem, Barry (deceased), Gwen Romney (Mike) of Colonia Juarez Mexico, Shannon Taylor (Philip) of Colonia Juarez Mexico, Maria Jones (David) of Orem, Brett (Sunie) of St George, Jeremy of St George, her sister Helen Wall (Carl) of Eureka, 33 grandchildren and 65 great-grandchildren and Esther Shorty who Joan always considered part of the family.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents, son Barry and her husband.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, October 11, 2019 at 11:00 am at the Genola Chapel, 50 N Main St, Genola, Utah. Viewings will be held on Thursday October 10, 2019 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm and Friday October 11, 2019 from 9:30 to 10:30 am at the Genola Chapel. Interment will be following the funeral services at the Goshen Cemetery, 10500 W 15800 S St, Goshen, Utah.
The family would like to thank the staff at Ashford in Springville for the care and love they gave to Joan over the past 15 months.