Joe Ann (Moyer) Hyer
March 27, 1931 - November 22, 2017
After a vibrant 86 years, Joe Ann graduated to a heavenly reunion. She was eager to arrive in heaven with her Lord and Savior, and all of the loved ones she knew were waiting for her.
Joe Ann was born in Norman Oklahoma, the eldest child of Floyd and Vera (Sloan) Moyer. She welcomed her baby brother Floyd Raymond (Sonny) several years later. Much of her childhood was spent in Oklahoma City with her grandparents and large family of aunts, uncles and beloved cousins. Unfortunately, her parents divorced. Her mother remarried, and Joe Ann had a lot of love for her step father, William O. (Bill) Griffis and step sister, Helen Marie. The family moved often due to Bill’s work relocations. Joe Ann handled the frequent school changes well, excelled as a student, and looked forward to every opportunity to visit with her beloved family in Oklahoma. She graduated from High School in Bullhead City, Az.
In 1949, Joe Ann married the love of her life, and soulmate, C. Karel Hyer. They met in Arizona, and after Karel returned to Oregon he proposed, and asked Joe Ann to build a life with him in Oregon. Joe Ann fell in love with the large Hyer family, as they did her.
Joe Ann and Karel had 4 children, Floyd Thomas, Clement Karel II, Laura Nadine and Joe Lynne. Floyd “Tommy” died at 6 weeks of age. The family lived in Sweet Home, Lebanon, then Salem, Oregon. As a teen, Joe Ann sang with local orchestras. She and Karel shared a love for music and dance. They were both very accomplished dancers, enjoying swing, jitterbug, country dance, and square dancing. The entire family square danced together.
Joe Ann completed business college at University of Santa Clara in California. She worked as a bookkeeper, secretary and executive, for public agencies and nonprofits. Additionally, she was an entrepreneur, owning her own businesses.
Joe Ann was very talented. She was a gifted seamstress, making all of the family clothes and dance clothing. She could make anything custom fitted, from just a drawing, including men’s suits and wedding gowns. She made wedding cakes, and was gifted at every craft she attempted. She redecorated and repainted their home every hunting season while Karel was gone. She learned to tole and oil paint, and taught oil painting alongside her colleague Bob Ross, teaching for William Alexander. She loved teaching crafts and techniques, in addition, she painted, made quilts, fabric games and jewelry.
After retirement in 1989, Karel and Joe Ann began to transition to Yuma Arizona as snow birds. They relocated to Cascade Locks OR, later sold their Oregon home, and moved permanently to Yuma. Joe Ann was Nana to her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She made frequent trips to Oregon to spend time with the family.
At age 70, she achieved a lifelong dream of graduating from Clown College, and became a professional clown. She loved clowning, took it seriously, finding joy in working with the children and the community. She became President of her local clown alley, and taught clowning. Joe Ann had joined TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) and was a life member having achieved and maintained her goal weight. Joe Ann started several “Red Hat Society” groups in the Yuma area. She was always involved in community events. Additionally, she shared Karel’s love of golfing, even when it was a spectator sport for her. She was a member at Foothills Church of Christ, and sang in the choir.
Joe Ann and Karel returned to Oregon in 2015, to be near family. After Karel’s unexpected passing, Joe Ann lived with her daughter Joe Lynne and son in law Bob. As her needs increased she moved into an adult group home around the block where they could see her daily. Though Alzheimer’s took much of her memory, Joe Ann continued to be funny, loving and always recognized family, even if their names escaped her. She brought love and joy to everyone she encountered. She loved music, singing, creating and spending time with family. She was ready to reunite with her husband, mother, brother and son. She spoke of them, and her excitement to see them.
Joe Ann passed on November 22, 2017. She spent her last day with all three of her children and some grandchildren. She found peace with family and music. She loved to pray for others. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, C.Karel Hyer, son Floyd Thomas Hyer, mother Vera Sloan Griffis, grandchildren Katrina Joe Risteen, and Marcus Lee Risteen, brother Floyd Raymond “Sonny” Moyer, step sister Helen Marie Carlin, step father William O. Griffis, father Floyd Moyer, and many many others. The family is at peace knowing they were all waiting to greet her.
Joe Ann is survived by her son C. Karel Hyer II, daughter Laura (Bud) Zetter, and daughter Joe Lynne (Bob) Rader, in addition to many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. She also is survived by the large extended family she loved, including brother in law Tom Hyer, sister in laws Mona Waibel and Barbara Moyer, and more nieces, nephews and cousins and grand nephews and nieces than we can count. Additionally, the family’s lifelong friends are too many to list here, but also always considered part of our family.
The family would like to thank those who helped provide excellent care for Joe Ann, including Stamatia Gockel, D.O. of Yuma AZ, Jennifer Lee, N.P. of Keizer OR, Visiting Angels caregiver Troy May, Premier Care Trapper House staff especially Lynzey, Melody, and Angie, and the care team of Serenity Hospice. A special thank you to the prayerful support of Silverton Friends Church. A Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.