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Joanne L. (Arnold) DeFord

August 31, 1945 ~ January 4, 2018 (age 72)

Joanne L. DeFord

Munger, Michigan


     Our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister passed away Thursday, January 4, 2018 at home with her family by her side, age 72.  Joanne was born August 31, 1945 in Bay City to the late Junior Adam and Martha Faye (Proulx) Arnold.  She was married to Gerald LeRoy DeFord on April 4, 1964 and he predeceased her on April 22, 1994.  Joanne was very talented and creative. With these traits she could be found at several craft shows with all of her handcrafted items on display and for sale.  Joanne loved spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and family.

     Surviving are her three children: Joy DeFord, Gerald (Kelly) DeFord and Joe (Sherry) DeFord, five grandchildren: Jessicia, Joseph, Joshua, Evan DeFord and Gregory Lawrence, five great grandchildren and siblings: Mike (Donna) Arnold, Pat (Don) Laskey, Loretta (Chuck) Duval, Barb (Jim) Stachowski, Judy Bristow, David (Peggy) Arnold and Doug (Toni) Arnold, many nieces and nephews.

     The Funeral Service will be held Monday, January 8, 2018 at 11:00 am at Ambrose Funeral Home.  Pastor Joe Atchinson will officiate and interment will follow in Floral Gardens Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday from 2:00 to 8:00 PM and Monday after 10:00 AM.  Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to “Family Wishes.”

 Service Information

January 7, 2018

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Ambrose Funeral Home
1200 Garfield Ave.
Bay City, MI 48708

Funeral Service
January 8, 2018

11:00 AM
Ambrose Funeral Home
1200 Garfield Ave.
Bay City, MI 48708

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