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