February 14, 1948 ~ August 1, 2021

Born in: Indianapolis, IN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN

JoAnn Matilda Saunders, daughter of Rudolph and Hillary Jones, came into this world on February 14, 1948.

JoAnn received her formal education in the Indianapolis Public Schools system. She graduated from Arsenal Technical High School in 1966. She worked for 2 years at RCA from 1966-1968. She spent 35 years working as an Administrative Assistant and Production Technician at Eli Lilly and Company before retiring in 2003.

JoAnn was united in marriage to Byron L. Westmoreland, Sr. on November 26, 1966, of this union she was blessed with her only son, Byron L. Westmoreland, Jr.

JoAnn began to see a change in one of her brothers due to his study of the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses. She really liked what she saw and it moved her to study the Bible with them herself. On October 9, 1986 she symbolized her dedication to Jehovah by water baptism. She attended various congregations over the years. Initially, she served in the Arlington Heights Congregation, and more recently, the Heather Hills Congregation. JoAnn enjoyed digging deep into her study of the Bible. She always had a special gem to add as she participated in the congregation Bible studies each week. She would volunteer as much as 30 hours per month helping people learn about her God Jehovah. In fact, if she wasn’t driving, she would request that the driver pull over so that she could talk to who she saw walking down the street. It was very evident that she valued what she had learned from God’s Word.

JoAnn’s loving spirit was touched by anyone whom she came into contact with. She was nurturing and a “sounding board” to many. She welcomed all and was always offering to help whether it be to prepare a meal or transport, if she was available. In fact, there was never a time she would not make herself available and never a task too large or too small she would not tackle. She really loved cooking, baking, planting her flowers and her favorite color orange. She was known by those at the Kingdom Hall for her infamous zucchini bread. She loved spending all her spare time with her grandson, who was the light of her heart. She would light up when he entered the room. Her favorite saying about her Lil Byron was “Hon, he is my heart, he can do no wrong!” She was a jazz music enthusiast and enjoyed watching basketball and playing a good game of spades with her brothers. She also loved watching her night Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. She would tell you “Hon it is seven o’clock, I have to go. Jeopardy is coming on, I’ll call you back!” She would also join her son, daughter-in-law and grandson watching Family Feud to see who could get the correct answer first. JoAnn was a strong, determined and fiercely independent woman. She led by example.

JoAnn departed this life on Sunday, August 1, 2021, at the age of 73. She was proceeded in death by her parents, Rudolph and Hillary Jones; and her brother, Rudolph “Phi or Fire” Jones Jr. she leaves to cherish her memory, her son, Byron L. Westmoreland Jr. (Twanya); her grandson, Byron L. Westmoreland III; brothers, Ronald D. Jones (Gloria) and Gerald Jones; her aunt, Sallie Wimberly; and a host of other relatives and friends.


Visitation: August 7, 2021 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Legacy - Lawrence
5215 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

Memorial Service: August 7, 2021 12:00 pm

Legacy - Lawrence
5215 N Shadeland Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46226

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  1. May each of you find courage to face tomorrow as you rest in the knowledge that we truly care about each of your needs and that we will be here to walk beside you in your journey of grief.

    Eddie Beagles and the staff of Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services

  2. Joann will truly be missed. My fondest memories of my friend/sister was sharing the 3-day bus trips back and forth to our Annual District Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses and discussing the highlights of each day and what we learned from each session. I loved her style of fashion and she loved mine as well. Each day we would always compliment one another about sunglasses, hats, jewelry, etc. My sister is resting in peace now, but, until that day, Jesus “will call” and “she will answer” at his command. (Acts 24:15)

    To My Family: Persist in prayer, stay strong in the faith, and continue loving one another because life is entirely TOO short. I love you all very much.

  3. Joann will truly be missed. We really enjoyed working out in the ministry with her.
    She always boldly spoke about Jehovah to any one she met. We will keep the family in our
    thoughts and prayers. May Jehovah continue to support and comfort you.
    Debbie Tunstill, St. Clair & Barbara O’Neil

  4. Joann will be sorely missed. We use to take vacations together and had the friends over for dinner or cards in her basement back in the day. I love her so much and look forward to seeing my sister in the pardise. She loved jehovah dearly and it was evident to whoever she spoke to. May jehovah be with the family and comfort them.

  5. May Joann’s family have the strength to carry on the Jones legacy. I know she will be missed by many families Ky and friends who loved her. Joann was always a joy to be around.

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