Joan Louise Hunter, 81, was taken home by her Lord and Savior on New Year's Day. She was born to Elmer and Theresa Adams in Longmont, Colo. At the age of 1 years, her family moved to Oregon and resided in Jacksonville.

She recalled many times, that as a child, she rollerskated down the middle of the street in Jacksonville and walked around the ledge on the wall of the Courthouse. Along with friends, she soaped the windows of businesses on Halloween and did some outhouse tipping. In school she was involved in band, girl's league, and school chorus. She was very proud to have graduated from Jacksonville High School in 1950.

On January 19, 1951 she married Billie Joe Hunter in a simple ceremony in the Manse of the old Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville. They set up housekeeping on Thompson Creek, but soon moved to Ruch after their new house was built by she and her dad. They resided the remainder of their married life in Ruch

She loved the Lord Jesus Christ and accepted Him as her Savior in 1952. Being a mother and homemaker were her second joys, along with teaching Sunday School, being a youth group leader, and choir member. She enjoyed gardening and canning and was a member of the Applegate Garden Club. She was very outgoing and wherever she went she visited with "her people".

In her later years she wanted an outdoor place where all the family could get together. "Grannie's Cow Patty Place" was created in her backyard and many bonfire hot dog roasts and parties were held there. She loved playing cards with her sister and they kept a running tab of who won the most games each year.

In her Bible was found a special notation about II Corinthians 5:6-8: "Yahoo", "...rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord".

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Billie Joe; three children, Debbie (Dusty) Hoffman, Daniel (Laura Dee) Hunter, and Tim (Janet) Hunter; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and her sister, Nancy (George) Stockhoff of Roseburg, Ore.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Ruch Community Bible Church. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Medford Gospel Mission, 125 W. Jackson, Medford, OR 97501.