JoAnne Roethlein, 87 yrs., of Durango, peacefully made her transition on 12/25/2018 surrounded by family.
JoAnne, also known as “Billie Anne,” was born in Hollywood, CA and had a full and interesting life. She had a wry sense of humor and a keen eye for a great hat. She raised two children of whom she was very proud, and always rooted for the “underdog.” She made friends wherever she went and frequently opened her home and table to people and animals without family or in need of a kind-hearted woman. She loved baking for her neighbors and her favorite parties involved lots of desserts.
Throughout her life she worked as a secretary for many years and she led children’s theaters and choirs, was a published poet, organized Senior Olympics and was the Director of the Oracle (Arizona) Historical Society, a position she loved.
JoAnne was a graduate of Beverly Hills High School and lived in Baltimore, MD; southern and northern California; Tucson and in Payson, AZ for nearly 10 years before making Durango her home in early 2018. She loved a good adventure and traveled through-out Europe, to the Marshall Islands, Romania, Guyana, Canada and the Caribbean and once traveled through the West on a motorcycle. For her 80th birthday she rode in a bi-plane over Sedona and she drove a 5-speed manual transmission Mustang until she was 85. An accomplished pianist and “Fabregestyle” egg artist, she loved the ocean and was a real lady with her own style whose family loved her deeply.
JoAnne’s remains will be scattered at a later date in the Pacific Ocean, accompanied by, at her request, Frank Sinatra singing “My Way.” JoAnne is survived by her children and their families, Laurie Meininger of Durango and John and Lorian Roethlein of Payson; grand-children Jason and Deven Meininger and Kyle Roethlein; great-grandchildren, Jordan and Travis Meininger; as well as her sister Betty “Bunny” Drayer and her niece and nephew, Sharon Clark and Rick Drayer of California and their families.
She faced it all, she stood tall and did it her way.