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Beulah JoAn Tolman
September 15, 1939 - November 26, 2018

“Motherhood is near to divinity. It is the highest, holiest service to be assumed by mankind.” (The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Our dear mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Beulah JoAn Tolman, was called back to her Heavenly home on November 26, 2018.  JoAn, as she was known, was born on September 15, 1939, in Ontario to Earl F. Hager and Flora Alberta Mondy. She married Lloyd F. Tolman on September 7, 1956. She was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1959 and sealed to her family in 1969 in the Idaho Falls Temple.

Hers was a life marked with adversity and resilience—she answered her challenges with unwavering discipleship. JoAn was often left to help raise and take care of her younger siblings, Ginger-Ann, Jerry, and Gary. After 6 years of marriage, and with 4 small children at home, JoAn was diagnosed with colon cancer. She was among the first survivors of the operations to remove the cancer.

While her husband worked in road construction, JoAn raised children, crops, and farm animals in Vale. After several moves, JoAn and Lloyd settled in Detroit where both she and her husband worked and retired.

When one would sit and talk to JoAn, they would hear stories of the several major surgeries, the times she was left to hoe beets with five small children, or of the times she worked in the grain fields of Idaho with her father. But above all, she cherished her role as a mother to Vicky, David, Robert, Donald, and Connie. Of all the stories she might have told, none were as detailed and as colorful as the ones that included her children. Even when those stories included tales of mischief, she would tell it with a thinly veiled pride. She also cherished her time as a grandmother to sixteen; and a great-grandmother to fifteen.

Her home was one where all were welcome. Many Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter dinners in their home were accompanied by church and community members. When weary travelers were stranded by the Detroit winters, JoAn would provide freshly baked goods as part of a home-cooked meal.

She was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd Tolman. She is survived by her five children, Vicky (Paul) Anderson; David (Cindy) Tolman; Robert (Peggy) Tolman; Donald (Jeannie) Tolman; and Connie Brown-Tolman. She is survived by sixteen grandchildren; and fifteen great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by two brothers, Jerry Hager and Gary Hager.

The funeral will take place on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 10:00 at the LDS Church, 1400 Western Ave., Stayton.  Interment will take place at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.
 

 
 

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