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1931 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
March 11, 1931 - June 8, 2018 OKLAHOMA CITY Joann Faye (Gaines) Pace, of Oklahoma City, born March 11, 1931, in Enid, OK, passed away at home on Friday, June 8, 2018, at age 87, surrounded by family and friends. Joann was born to Samuel and Ida Gaines, of Lucien, OK. Joann spent her childhood growing up in the farming community of Lucien, attended Perry High School and graduated from OSU. At OSU, Joann was a member of the Pi Phi Sorority. Upon graduation, she married Russell Pace, of Perry, OK. Joann was a homemaker and mother to Valerie, Russell Jr. "Rusty," and Tom Pace. She later worked as a teacher at Roosevelt Jr. High while completing her master's in public administration at Bethany Nazarene College. While employed part time at Safeway stores, she accepted the full-time position of EEOC Compliance Officer. She retired from Safeway after 20 years of service as Human Relations Department Supervisor. She continued to serve her colleagues at Safeway as a board of directors member of the Oklahoma Federal Credit Union. Joann was a tireless and loving volunteer working with Heartline, YMCA, and Skyline Ministries. A longtime member of the Methodist religion, she attended the Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City, where she sang in the choir and served as a volunteer in many different capacities over the years. Immediate survivors are Russell Pace, Jr. and his partner, Maryjo Meacham, his son, Travis Pace; Tom and Leslie Pace and their daughters, Emily and Abby. Joann was preceded in death by her daughter, Valerie Pace. The family wishes to thank Kelley White for her compassionate care and love of Joann. Services will be held Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at 3 p.m. at the Church of the Servant at 14343 N. MacArthur in Oklahoma City. To share a memory or a condolence, please visit www.mercer-adams.com www.mercer-adams.com
Published in The Oklahoman on June 10, 2018
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