Joann Stanbro was born south of Strafford, Missouri. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rodney Lee Stanbro, her parents, Gerald and “Polly” Hager, her grandparents, George and Maggie Hager, all of Strafford, Missouri, and Emma Buchanan of Springfield, Missouri.
Joann married her high school sweetheart, Rodney Lee Stanbro, on August 3, 1951, in Lamar, Missouri. After marrying, they moved to Springfield where Rodney attended Central Bible Institute. Even while going to Bible school, they began serving in pastoral ministry and pastored Assemblies of God churches for fifty years before retiring. In addition, having a heart for missions, they led trips to South America, Mexico, Germany, Jamaica, and the Holy Land. Joann continued in ministry and missions following Rodney’s death, establishing a Hispanic church in Nixa, Missouri, and went on two missions trips to Venezuela. Joann took piano lessons as a young child and began playing in churches where her Daddy pastored. She has a bachelor’s degree in music and served in that capacity both in ministry and public/private sectors, and is an accomplished musician, having played the accordion, piano, and organ. Joann never stopped ministering for the Lord until the day she left this earth. Her life was a testimony to all who came in contact with her. She loved all people. To us, her family, we believe she truly exemplifies the life of a saint.
Joann is survived by her three daughters, Marquita and Don Blansit, Republic, Missouri; Sherri and Craig Buck, Joy and Bruce Clegg, both of Nixa. Joann was Mammaw to seven grandchildren, and their spouses, Chad and Tosha Blansit, RaChelle and Jason Iles, both of Republic; Mikaela and Jeremy Tjarks, Austin, Texas; Nathan and Kari Buck, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Jenna and Mike Dail; Jaelyn and Bryce Hartley, both of Springfield; and Jace Rakestraw, serving in the US Navy. Joann also has nine great grandchildren, Moriah and Cody Lewis, Lynchburg, Virginia; Camryn and Cole Iles; Makhai, Maddux, and Malec Blansit, Republic; Waverly and Shepherd Buck, and one on the way, Tulsa; and Delilah Dail of Fairhope, Alabama. Joann is survived by her only sister, Jerry and Venda Hanley, their children, and a host of many dearly loved extended family members.
Tuesday, July 19, 2022
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