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JoAnn Larimore Davis

1933 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
JoAnn Larimore Davis Obituary
JoAnn Larimore Davis
Born 04/08/1933
Died 10/03/2017

JoAnn passed away on October 3, 2017 peacefully in Manhattan Beach, California. Born and raised in a small town in Turin Iowa to Bill and Loraine Larimore, JoAnn grew up on a family farm which she always treasured in memory throughout her life. She had three sisters, Judy, Joyce and Joleene who she loved dearly and shared many memories of their childhood throughout her years. As a child growing up she enjoyed many activities around their farm and small town. She particularly loved to roller and ice skate with her friends on frozen ponds and do chores around the farm. Her first known job was at the Frog Pond in Turin. She always said it made her so upset that the farmers would come in with their dirty boots, order lunch and leave without tipping.
JoAnn attended the University of Northern Iowa where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Education. She taught in the Mapleton School District for six years. She just finished up her first year of teaching when she married Clifford Davis, of Castana Iowa, in 1954. In 1959 JoAnn and Cliff moved from their small town in Iowa to Manhattan Beach California. Besides just enjoying the new warmer weather pattern in California, JoAnn kept herself busy teaching in the Manhattan Beach school district for close to fifty years at the Elementary and Middle school levels. In 1960 she gave birth to her first son Blaine followed by Brian in 1964. JoAnn and Cliff continued to go back to Iowa each year to visit family and friends. Her sons always enjoyed going back to the farm as kids where they would have corn cob fights, fish and just enjoy the fresh air. JoAnn and Cliff successfully raised their boys into adulthood. Blaine Graduated from Aviation High School in 1978 and continued on with his education where he received his Bachelor's Degree from Cal State Long Beach. He currently operates a successful business with AllSTATE Insurance in Long Beach, California. Brian Graduated from Aviation High School in 1982 and also attended Cal State Long Beach. He currently works for Raytheon Corporation in El Segundo, California. JoAnn had a passion for exercising. She joined an exercise class at Aviation High where she did stretches and cardio for an hour each day. She also loved the water and would swim close to ten miles a week at her favorite swimming pool, the El Segundo Plunge. She participated with her husband in many classic car shows throughout the South Bay over the years. Going to Trader Joe's and picking up some pickles and cheese for snack truly made her happy. Throughout her wonderful life, JoAnn's greatest time spent was with her beloved grandchildren, Deanna, Kelli, Kylie, Claire and Cole.
JoAnn will truly be missed by all those who loved her. She is survived by her two sons, five grandchildren and Daughter-in-Laws Reystrell, Yuka and Stephanie.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Oct. 19, 2017
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