April 22, 1928 - April 21, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - Joann Finot Rees (born as Ruth Joann Finot), 84, of Tempe and Elkhart, Ind., passed away April 21, 2013, after a short illness.
She was born in St. Louis on April 22, 1928, to Ruth Ester Hall and Phillip H. Finot.
She is survived by her sister, Margot; son Phil (Tina); and her granddaughters, Alexandra and Katie.
She was preceded in death by her son, Malcom; her husband, James; and both of her parents.
Joann attended Indiana University until her marriage at age 19.
Joann was passionate about art, and especially about theater. She acted in a number of plays in Indianapolis and later in Elkhart at the Bristol Opera House. Joann was also an avid seamstress, becoming a quilter later in life. She was also an accomplished bridge player who played doubles bridge, elimination bridge and progressive bridge until just a few months before her passing.
Joann travelled the world with her husband James, travelling to over 36 different countries and every continent in the world.
She spent the final years of her life at Friendship Village, Tempe, enjoying the company of new friends as she indulged her passions for bridge, theater and art.
The service celebrating Joann's life will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 26, 2013, in Skirm Theater at Friendship Village.
Donations in Joann's honor can be sent to Hospice of the Valley.
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