Jo Ann was born January 21, 1941, to Ernest and Winifred Stanton, in Murray, Utah, and was raised in Mullan, Idaho. After graduating, she moved to Spokane, Wash., where she married her true love, Edmund Lee Lefler, on March 6, 1960. After living in Southern California for several years, they settled back in Spokane, Wash., to raise their two daughters. Once their girls were grown, they moved to Sacramento, Calif. In 1996, they relocated to Central Point, Ore., and then in 2001, to Shady Cove, Ore., to enjoy their retirement years.
Jo Ann was an exceptionally devoted and loving mother and wife, while being a homemaker during the time her daughters were young. She was very involved with her church and was a Girl Scout leader for her daughters’ troop, where many great memories were made. When her children were older, she rejoined the workforce in the restaurant/bar industry. She enjoyed this field of work as she was such a “people person”, and it allowed her to form many friendships. When she lived in Sacramento, Calif., she worked for a country club where she met her best friend, Dee. They were very close and enjoyed a great friendship. Jo Ann made many great friends in Shady Cove, Ore. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, a member of the Moose Lodge, where she worked and loved to play cards, and she was an ambassador at Madrone. She was involved with city council, to help better the town she loved and called her home. She was also one of the “Shady Ladies.” Jo Ann loved music and was gifted, playing the piano and drums. She was also a huge animal lover. Taking in, nurturing, and loving wounded and stray animals was not uncommon for Jo Ann.