She was born May 17, 1932 in Santa Ana, California, daughter of Lloyd F. and Margaret A. VanDerWolf Patterson. She was educated in California schools.
JoAnn worked started working as an operator for General Telephone in Westminster, CA which later became Verizon. After more than 30 years with the company, she retired as a supervisor in 1985.
She married Sam Massey in 1985 and the couple moved back to Sam’s hometown of Alexandria Bay, shortly thereafter. Mr. Massey passed away in 2015.
She enjoyed motor home camping, was an avid reader, and often wrote articles for the Watertown Daily Times.
She is survived by two sons, Charles L. Vandewark, Alexandria Bay, and David E. Vandewark, Shoreline, WA. A sister, Kathleen Prevette, Stanwood, WA, also survives her.
There will be no calling hours or services.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alexandria Bay Fire Department.