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JoAnn Bailey Harbaugh

August 27, 1941 October 11, 2017
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JoAnn Bailey Harbaugh
August 1941 – October 2017

God saw you were getting tired,
When a cure was not to be.
So he wrapped his arms around you,
And whispered “Come unto me”.

JoAnn started her final journey on Wednesday, October 11, 2017 with her family at her
side. Beautiful loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, wife and friend will be
missed forever. Born in Glendale, CA, August 1941, she grew up in Burbank, CA where
she graduated from Burbank High School. Married to Jon F. Harbaugh for 59 years
(1958-2017), she raised two beautiful daughters, put her husband through undergraduate
and graduate degree programs, managed their home and still had time to be friends with
the many people in her life. As in the rest of her life, she was very strong willed,
determined, and positive throughout her 6 ½ year battle with multiple myeloma.

She, her husband Jon and two daughters moved to San Jose, CA in 1961 where she later
pursued a management career with two high tech organizations --- United Technology
Center and Advanced Micro Devices. As the manager of the Technical Information and
Publications organizations she directed the preparation of technical proposals and the
archiving of all technical process documents for these corporations. After early retirement
(1995), she and her husband moved to their home in Ashland Oregon where they lived
until moving to Knoxville Tennessee in the fall of 2016 to be near their daughters,
grandchildren, and great granddaughter.

JoAnn loved visiting with her sister, sister-in-law, daughters and grandchildren; she
especially looked forward to her daily visits with her great granddaughter, Darby Rae.
JoAnn enjoyed traveling --- road trips with Jon and their adult daughters were a favorite
get-away. And, she loved long stays at Lake Tahoe where she could be with her entire
family and many friends.

JoAnn was an avid gardener [she was a Jackson County (Oregon) Master Gardener]. She
used her large fenced garden for growing lovely flowers and tasty vegetables, for getting
time in the sun, and for relaxing with Boo, our Maine Coon cat. She enjoyed working
with students at elementary schools in the Ashland School District to help with reading
programs and when the Youth Symphony of Southern Oregon needed help with special
projects she was there to support them. JoAnn was very involved with Jon’s parents;
giving attention to them on a routine basis to see that their needs were met and that they
had someone to talk with and “dance” with, to bring peace and joy to their lives. And
then there were the plays; the plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (a magical place)
and at the Oregon Cabaret Theater (a place where she could unwind and have fun!).

Preceded in death by her father Carl Johan Bailey, mother Kathleen Agnes Bailey, fatherin-
law Noble Frederick Harbaugh, mother-in-law Vera Elizabeth Harbaugh, brother-inlaw
James Wesley Kent, and nephew Carl William Bailey.

JoAnn is survived by her husband Jon Frederick Harbaugh, daughter Kathleen Joyce
Holliday (Kevin), daughter Debra Lynn Beller (Joel), granddaughter Jenna Rachelle
Hermle (Austin), grandson Ryan Edward Holliday (Abigail), granddaughter Megan
Elisabeth Weakley (Taylor), 9 month-old great granddaughter Darby Rae Holliday, sister
Carleen Marie Kent, brother Keith William Bailey (Theresa), sister-in-law Joyce Carol
Davis, niece Denise Kathleen Salgado (Danny), nephew David Michael Kent, niece Stacy
Lynn Spencer (Jay), niece Carol Ann Nolan (Kevin), nephew Michael Louis Bailey, and
her grandnieces and grandnephews.

JoAnn wanted to recognize the following medical professionals for their help and support
over the last 6 ½ years: Dr. Molly Gramley, Dr. Aleksandra Simic Sander, Dr. Mathew
Miller, Dr. Stephanie Becker, Dr. Daniel Ibach and Amy Neil, Dr. Nicholas Xenopoulos
and Kara Neely, Dr. Richard Boyer, and Maggie, the very professional and kind CCU RN
that watched over JoAnn during her last nights at Park West Medical Center in

In June, 2018, JoAnn will have a Celebration of Life gathering in South Bend, Indiana
followed by interment at the Ullery Cemetery in South Bend. JoAnn requested that in
lieu of flowers, contributions be sent to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at
the following web site ( ).

Please God, watch over our “Oma” and give her the peace she deserves.

Sweet Oma,
This, I will remember when the rest of life is through:
the finest thing I’ve ever done is simply loving you.
Opa (R. Sexton)

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