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Joanna Redford

Joanna (Chlarson) Redford, a resident of Gila Valley, died peacefully Sunday morning on January 30, 2022, at the age of 93 at her home in Thatcher, Arizona.

Joanna is survived by 5 of her 6 sons and 6 daughters-in-law; Gary & Gaylynne Redford, Kay Redford (Lamont Redford deceased), Bruce and Dana Redford, Dan & Melanie Redford, Keith & Sandra Redford, and Dale & Karen Redford; 27 grandchildren, and 81 great-grandchildren. 

Joanna was born in Los Angeles, California on April 1, 1928, to Floyd Rudger Chlarson and Alice Ann Elmer and grew up there during the great depression where she attended elementary and high school. Her favorite activies were music, dancing, and acting.

After WWII she met and dated one of the boys returning home from the war, Glen John Redford. On October 8, 1947, they were married, and moved to Lebanon, Arizona to start a business "Lebanon Enterprises" which included a miniature golf course, skating rink, boating pond, and a general store 6 miles south of Safford. While living in Lebanon and various places in Southern California and Arizona they reared their family of 6 boys.

They spent their last 45 years together living in Globe-Miami area where Joanna served in many callings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in which she applied her music and acting talents. After the death of her husband, Glen, in 2007, Joanna relocated to Thatcher where she lived until her death. 

Joanna was known for her love of music, art and crafts, culinary arts, and her compassion toward anyone she met. 

A funeral service is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., on February 12, 2022, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building at 3610 W. Church St., Thatcher, AZ after which there will be a procession to Pinal Cemetery in Miami, AZ where Joanna will be interred beside her beloved husband, Glen.

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My name is Lorenzo Clark, I lived in Miami, AZ on Rose Road, in the early 1970s, I remember JoAnna very well. at Halloween she would have cotton Candy for the Neighborhood kids. If i remember there was a organ in the house also? I also remember Keith and Dale Redford. You may contact me at the email below. Thank You, Lorenzo

LORENZO CLARK Feb 18 2022 9:33 PM

She was always a favorite neighbor of mine growing up in Globe-Miami, she will be missed but glad she is in peace with Glen and our savior. Till we meet again!

Raun Mawson Feb 11 2022 12:01 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Joanna Redford

Bruce and Roberta Swick Feb 10 2022 11:41 PM

So many wonderful memories with Joanna. She was always caring and concerned about others, welcomed anyone, found alternative solutions to issues and concerns, had a joyful laugh, and gave great hugs. So full of love, she will be missed here on earth but welcomed with open arms by Glen and others who have been waiting and working in her absence.

Trent Lyon Feb 9 2022 12:36 PM

Sorry to hear the lost of your mother. Our prayers are with you and your family. Harve & Jennifer Crotts

Harve & Jennifer Crotts Feb 8 2022 5:08 PM

I'm sure that Brother Redford had the spot next to him reserved for her on his favorite pew in Heaven.

Jason Ray France Feb 6 2022 8:30 PM


Gilbert Trujillo Feb 6 2022 7:56 PM

So sorry to hear of her passing. She was such an awesome lady and good friend to my mother. Prayers for her family.

Donetta Loya Feb 6 2022 7:47 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Joanna Redford

Robert Larson Feb 6 2022 9:54 AM

Dan & Melanie condolences on the loss of your mother. Had no idea you had ties to the Gila Valley. May you find comfort and peace in the days to come. Kind regards, Kirt Spencer

Kirt Spencer Feb 3 2022 10:50 PM

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