She was born Feb.15, 1933, in Cape Girar-deau, to L. B. and Mary A. Hinton Crites. She was confirmed Aug. 7, 1952, at Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau.
She and Norman H. Lowes were married Nov. 23, 1951, at the Hanover Lutheran Parsonage. They had been married 59 years when Norman passed away March 31, 2011.
JoAnn earned her masters degree in Elementary Education from Southeast Missouri State University. The family resided in Dexter 48 years, where JoAnn taught grades 3, 4, and 5.
JoAnn was a member of Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau, and was a former active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Dexter.
Her hobbies included quilting and ceramics. She also especially enjoyed shopping, dining out, and traveling.
Survivors include a daughter, Carol Ann (the late Steven) Roderman of Davison, Mich; a son, Michael Ray (Rexenne) Lowes of Hannibal, Mo.; five grandchildren, Erica (Shawn) Heck of O'Fallon, Mo., Lisa (Sam) Weaver of Price Utah., Jennifer (Rocky) Nichols of Canton, Mich, Gregory (Tomi) Lowes of Hannibal, Mo., Audrey (Luke) McCoy of Marion, Iowa; and 10 great-grandchildren, Ethan, Abigail, Matthew, Brendon, Megan, Owen, Olivia, Madalyn, Corban, Abigail, and Moriah; a sister, Betty (Andy) Johnson of Fredericktown, Mo.; three sisters-in-law, Betsy (the late James) Crites of Cape Girardeau, Lillian (Ernest) Reiman of Egypt Mills, Ill., and Mary Lou Lowes of Jackson; two brothers-in-law, Paul (Loretta) Lowes and Harold (Maretta) Lowes, all of Jackson.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, James Crites and an infant sister, Dorothy Jean Crites.
Visitation will be Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson, and Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to time of service, at Hanover Lutheran Church in Cape Girardeau.
Funeral service will be Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. at the church, with the Rev. Tony Kobak officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family requests that memorials may take the form of contributions to Hanover Lutheran Building Fund or Southeast Hospice.