Joann L. Fowler – April 15, 1952 – January 7, 2019
Joann was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She passed away peacefully January 7 at her home in Spokane, Washington at the age of 66, with her loving husband Bill Fowler at her side.
Joann and Bill were married in Tucson, Arizona, November 9, 1974, at Grace Chapel Church. Soon afterward they moved to Tyler, Texas where Bill was born and raised. They served in the ministry together for the duration of their marriage, founding four churches and serving in different ministry capacities with other local churches.
As much as Joann enjoyed serving alongside Bill in the ministry, her first love was to Jesus Christ, and the roles she enjoyed most were being a wife, mother, homemaker, and grandmother. Beyond her great love for her family, she cherished her friendships, both old and new. She valued people above everything else in this life.
She also served outside the church in several capacities. She was a Republican delegate in Smith County, as well as a Texas state delegate in the early ’80s. She helped establish a stronger Republican grassroots organization in Navarro County. She also served as a Precinct Committee Officer and Spokane County delegate for the Republican Party in Spokane, Washington. She was also the area leader for Concerned Women for America, and a member of the Ponderosa Republican Women in Spokane County for a number of years.
Being raised in the history-rich area of the Northeast, Joann grew up with a love for American history that blossomed into a fervent passion after her conversion to Christ. In her own words concerning her special background interest she, “Placed value in conserving the original history of our great country whose principles and laws were based upon the Word of God.” Coming from a strong military background, she was also very patriotic. Her father received the Purple Heart for wounds he received in WWII. Her son, Army Sergeant Benjamin Fowler, served two tours of duty in Iraq. Her son-in-law, Air Force Major Jason Liska has served as a pilot, Chief Liaison Operations Officer, and instructor for almost twenty years now.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Woodrow Pershing Brown and Anna Mae Jacobs; and her son, Nathanael Elliot Fowler. Survivors include her husband Bill Fowler; their children: Priscilla Anne (Fowler) Evans and her husband, Tad Evans; Benjamin James Fowler and his wife, Sarah Fowler, daughter, Miriam Rose (Fowler) Liska and son-in-law Jason Liska; five grandchildren: Cooper Evans, Caleb Evans, Faith Liska, Rebekah Liska, and Cedar Liska. Her siblings include her sisters, Patricia Derr, Nancy Hummer, and Charlotte Atkinson, and brother, Woodrow Brown, Jr.
Joann will be laid to rest, Friday, January 18, at the State Veteran’s Cemetery in Medical Lake, WA. Those who wish to attend this service should arrive no later than 1:15 pm. The service will begin at 1:30 pm. A public memorial service celebrating Joann’s life and legacy will take place Saturday, January 19, at 10:00 am, at North Church in Spokane, WA. Longtime friend and Pastor, Mike Meade, will officiate the service. This memorial service will be followed by a time of fellowship and refreshments.
Joann requested that memorial gifts in her honor be made to Church Without Walls, 2904 W. Weile Ave., Spokane, WA 99208
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Church Without Walls
2904 W Weile Ave, Spokane WA 99208
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