Joann Beverly (Blaylock) Jeanjaquet was born July 5th, 1941, in Albuquerque, NM, at the foot of the Sandia Mountains. She was the 2nd of four children. Mom began to cook for the family at age 10 on a woodburning stove. Her favorite pets were a skunk & a horse she rode to school. She enjoyed singing & Girl Scouts, graduating from Albuquerque Highland High School with her life-long girlfriends. Joann worked as a drug store soda jerk to pay for college, earning degrees in Mathematics & History at the University of New Mexico. It was here that Joann met Samuel, her husband of 60 years. In 1962, Joann & Sam became the first couple to marry at the UNM Adobe Chapel. Their honeymoon included sleeping both at the famous La Fonda Hotel and in a snowbank in a sleeping bag.
In 1967, they relocated to Torrance, CA. As their family grew, Joann and Sam enjoyed tent camping & stream fishing with friends. They traveled throughout the United States & internationally to Australia, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Italy & Switzerland. When Joann was not traveling, she was visiting faraway places within the pages of books she picked up by the tote-bag at the library.
Joann was talented in sewing, calligraphy, painting & culinary arts. She created thousands of customized cards for loved ones. In Joann’s kitchen, Hatch green chile & dark chocolate took center stage. She also enjoyed dishing up practical jokes.
Joann was dedicated to her extended family. Over the years, Joann attended many family reunions with over 100 first cousins. She shared her passion for reading & education, teaching many to read. She passed along her refined cooking & baking skills. She encouraged her children and grandchildren to work hard to chase after their dreams. She had a gift for lovingly and uniquely connecting with each one.
As a young woman, Joann came to know Christ as her Savior at a Billy Graham Crusade. Joann attended Vacation Bible Camp for 60 years, serving as a camp counselor & with crafts. She participated in Bible Study Fellowship in Camarillo the last 4 years. The verse which assured her of salvation, was John 5:24, in which Jesus said, “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes in him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”
Mom was kind, compassionate, & hospitable, welcoming many into her home. She lived in her Thousand Oaks home in the Conejo Valley for 46 years until she received her heavenly home calling on May 21st. She is survived by her husband Samuel, brother Bill Blaylock, 4 children Cheryl, Mark, Aimee & Daniel, 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.
In lieu of flowers please donate to Vacation Bible Camp C/O Sam Jeanjaquet 172 Whitworth St., Thousand Oaks, CA 91360.