JoAnn Margery Taylor, age 86, passed over on August 29, in Tucson, Ariz., surrounded by family.

Born in Fargo, N.D. on July 15, 1931, to Algot and Eleanor Zetterberg, her family made their way to Eureka in the late 1930s after living in Minnesota, Montana and Idaho. She attended Eureka and Arcata schools and studied Elementary Education at HSU.

She excelled at sales work, with a warm smile and sparkle in her eyes. One of her most cherished volunteer programs was the Foster Grandparent Program, where she was known as “Grandma JoAnn”.

Her hobbies included traveling, civil war reenactment, reading, painting/sketching, and writing.

Upon leaving Eureka after 70 years, she resided in Hayfork and Tucson, Ariz. to be close to her grandchildren.

Predeceased by parents Algot and Eleanor Zetterberg, and son Alan Orlandi.

Survived by children: Cary (Marcy) Orlandi, Green Valley, Ariz.; Evan Orlandi, Mckinleyville; Edward Taylor, Tucson, Ariz.; Todd (Brenda) Kamiah, Idaho; Laura Russell (Mark), Tucson, Ariz.; Grandsons, Chance Taylor; Trevor Russell; Jared Russell; Brandon Russell; and numerous cousins, nephews and nieces.

Her compassion for others boiled over, and her warm smile everlasting.

Her love will feed eternally.

Memorial donations in her name can be made to Boys & Girls Club of The Redwoods, Eureka.

A graveside memorial at Ocean View Cemetery Eureka, will be held Oct. 12, 1 p.m.

Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven … Matthew 5:12.


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