McMICKEN—Joanne Zeller McMicken

McMICKEN—Joanne Zeller McMicken passed away peacefully at her home Sept. 1, 2020.

She had just turned 93 a month earlier, at which time she and the family were unaware of the rapidly growing cancer.

Joanne was born Aug. 1, 1927, in Seattle Wash., and was raised in Corvallis Ore., by Sanford and Ethell Zeller. 

She was youngest of four sisters: Betty Pitney (deceased), Margaret Hayes (of Corvallis) and Mary Zeller (deceased); and and infant brother (deceased).

Joanne attended Oregon State College (Class of ‘49), and was a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. In San Francisco, Craig and Joanne courted and married in March 1953.

Their 67 years together was a partnership with God; they believe possessions and blessings in life are from God. 

Besides being a wonderful supportive wife, mother and friend, no matter where they lived, Joanne was a consummate volunteer and believed in service above herself: church women’s groups, pre-school teacher, campfire leader, den mother, performing arts committees, city club and more.

Joanne’s talents spanned music, painting, master chef, gardener, floral arranging and genealogy.   

She was a great friend and support to many, never forgetting birthdays and anniversarys with cards and dollar bills!

She was a creative gift-giver; one never knew what she might choose especially for you! She recycled before it was popular, re-used and repurposed pretty much everything.

She and Craig loved to travel near and far, host guests in their home and be generous with love.

Family members supporting her throughout her lifetime, and her final days, were her husband, Craig McMicken; children: Kirk McMicken, Robin (Randy) Krieger and Doug (Lori) McMicken; grandchildren: Kole (Kate), Chase and Jett Krieger, and Scott and Joe McMicken; and great-granddaughter, Koko Krieger, born Aug. 13, 2020.

A private celebration of her life and family service will be held at the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw in Florence, Ore., on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020.

No flowers, please; memorial donations can be made to Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw, Florence Food Share, Florence Performing Arts or the Siuslaw Public Library.


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