JoAnn Elizabeth Wain is now safe in the arms of her Savior. This one in a million mom, great wife and loyal loving friend passed peacefully at her home from this earthly life on Friday, August 28, 2020. This was the day before her 81st birthday. Born August 29, 1939 in Huntingdon County, she was the third child of Chester and Edna (Long)Wible.
JoAnn was first married to Carl L Skinner Sr, in Hagerstown on January 21, 1959 who preceded her in death on Oct 25, 1976. That union brought many memories of farm wife life in Franklin, Cumberland and Perry counties.
She married John D Wain on Feb 14, 1985 and enjoyed many years together, mostly in her hometown of Three Springs, PA.
Left to honor her memory are children, Valerie Mitchell, wife of Gary, Three Springs; Melissa Hardwick, wife of Scot, Elizabeth City, NC; Carl (Buddy) Skinner Jr, husband of Jody, Waterfall, PA and Tamela Rowe, wife of John(Ed), Mapleton Depot, PA. Step-daughter, Crystal Wain, Dillsburg, PA, sister, Phyllis Covert Danfelt, Three Springs, fifteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren also survive.
Her baby son, Tommy Skinner whom she never got to hold, will be greeting her in Heaven along with siblings, Lois Snyder and Clair Wible and their spouses, Elinor & Charlie.
JoAnn graduated from Saltillo High School, Class of 1957 and Shippensburg State Teachers College in 1961. In addition to enjoying her farm life, she worked as an elementary teacher and substitute until the late 1980s in the Tuscarora, Big Spring, Southern Huntingdon & Forbes Road districts. She also was employed at Danny’s Pizza & Letterkenny Army Depot for a while.
JoAnn was a gifted area pianist. Throughout her life she played in church, school programs and for a local singing group, Amazing Grace singers.
She was an avid reader, especially enjoying her Bible which showed her unwavering love for and faith in her Savior. She treasured family times and led without inhibition. God gave her a special gift of making people chuckle. A special treat at family gatherings was her silly songs and stories. She was extremely proud of her Wible heritage and enjoyed telling of her pophouse days (Wible Bottling Works) sorting bottles for her dad who founded the business. Coincidently, the 111th Wible reunion was August 29 & 30. This year 2020, was only the 2nd time she ever missed that event. Family time was vital to her.
On May 9, 1990, JoAnn received a liver transplant at Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh and at the time of her death was the longest living transplant patient.
At her request, there will be no viewing but instead a celebration of life at graveside services at 11:00 AM, Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Three Springs Cemetery with an opportunity to visit with family following. Her pastor, Steven Heaster of Immanuel Bible Church of Three Springs will be officiating. She was a charter member there since September 26, 1993. Services are being handled by the Martin R. Brown Funeral Home, Orbisonia.
In lieu of flowers, you are welcome to send a memory to Valerie at PO BX 146, Three Springs, PA 17264 to be complied into a legacy book for family. Her passing is mourned by many but there is rejoicing in Heaven for sure.
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