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Joan Elaine (Yearsley) Thomas

August 29, 1934 — April 23, 2021


Joan Elaine Yearsley Thomas August 29, 1934 - April 23, 2021 (age 86).

Joan Yearsley Thomas, 86, of Springville, passed away Friday April 23, 2021. She was born, August 29, 1934, to Grant Arvil Yearsley and June Elaine Davison in Ogden, Utah. Joan spent her early years in Salt Lake and Ogden. After graduating from Ogden High School, Joan attended Brigham Young University. While there, she met and married Maury Allen Thomas on October 15, 1954. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.

In 1958, Joan and Maury opened Quality Cleaners in Springville. She continued to run this business after Maury’s death until her health began to fail, then she turned it over to her children.

Joan enjoyed traveling and was able to visit many interesting places throughout the world. She also loved to decorate, craft, and shop. But her greatest joy was spending time with her family. The grandchildren and grand dogs always loved to go to grandmas. She always had a good supply of Oreos, chocolate and dog treats.

Joan was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in many positions through the years, including teacher, den mother, craft leader in Relief Society, and visiting teacher.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Maury, and grandson, Rustin Porter. She is survived by her children - Michelle (Robert) Porter, Lori (Steve) Chandler, Rich Thomas, and Julie (Rodger) Johnson, 9 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Jerry (Susanne) Yearsley, and sister, Denise James.

We would like to thank the Springville Stonehenge for their professional and compassionate care for the past 3 years.

A Memorial Service will be held in Joan’s honor on Monday, May 3, 2021 at the LDS Chapel located at 55 North Main Street, Springville, Utah at 11:00 a.m.  A viewing will be held Sunday, May 2, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Wheeler Mortuary, 211 East 200 South, Springville, Utah. A viewing will also be held Monday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. prior to the services at the Main Street Chapel.  Burial will be in the Springville Historic Cemetery.

For those unable to attend in person, services will be livestreamed at the following link:

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