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Sponsored obituary: Joann Elmelund Garman

The Lord welcomed home Joann Elmelund Garman on January 27th from her earthly home in Grass Valley, California after facing cancer with tenacity and grace.

Child of God, dedicated, enthusiastic and selfless comforter to her family and friends even as she suffered. Beloved daughter, adored wife, cherished mother, faithful friend, caring nurse, mentor and community volunteer.



Joann was born in Los Angeles, California on January 24th, 1932 to parents Nelson and Myrtle Elmelund. She grew up in Oxnard, California with younger sister Eve and attended high school with her future husband. She attended UCLA and Bishop Johnson’s School of Nursing at Good Samaritan Hospital graduating as a registered nurse. Soon after, she married Lt. Robert Neil Garman, her cherished husband of 51 years. She curtailed her promising career as a nurse to raise her daughter Robin,, and sons Kurt and Patrick, and to support her husband’s career in the Air Force.

Joann’s passion for community service took many forms, from Red Cross, Officer’s Wives’ Club, Children’s Home Society and Alpha Club to scout leader, team mother, to volunteering as a health professional to local community organizations, to mentoring children through school programs, to preparing meals for friends in need.




A devoted wife, she was a loving, supportive mother and grandmother. We could never repay her for her services to us. Cancer cut her life short, though it didn’t dim her smile or her care for others.

A memorial service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City on February 11th. All are invited to celebrate Joann’s life and her final victory. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of the Foothills, 12399 Nevada City Highway, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

The Garman family extends deepest appreciation to all, near and far, who have supported, encouraged and lifted us in prayer.

Joann, we miss you, but know in our hearts that you have found your heavenly reward. Our Father, Thank you for your wonderful child, a beautiful daughter, wife, mother and friend. Gather us all unto you, until we meet her again.


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