JoAnn Kay Nygren (Wolfe)
Born Jan. 26, 1944, in Billings, at St Vincent’s Hospital to Nick M. and Viola Wolfe. She spent her childhood on the family farm in Belfry, Montana, along with her brother Tom Wolfe. As a child, her grandfather lovingly nicknamed her “Taffy” due to her wavy blonde hair.
She graduated from Belfry School in 1962, and immediately moved to Billings. There, JoAnn worked for Transamerica Life Insurance Company. During this time she met the love of her life Loren Nygren and the two married in 1963. Following their marriage, Loren and JoAnn moved to Fresno, California for work and JoAnn became a receptionist at the front desk of “KFRE” television station. After about a year in California, it was time for the couple to move back home to Montana. They spent a few years zestfully enjoying young married life and during this time the Nygren’s bought and ran a local record store called “Broadway Record Shop” in Billings. JoAnn also worked at Continental Pipeline as a receptionist. After of few years of married life, JoAnn and Loren were expecting their first child, a baby girl who was born in 1966. A few years later their family grew again with the birth of their son in 1971.
In the mid- seventies JoAnn started working as a Realtor for Century 21 (later the company became The Oakland Company.) The years that followed were full of family, food and wonderful memories. JoAnn spent several years as the “cool” Girl Scout troop leader and was at all the motocross events her son raced in. They all spent a lot of time at the family farm in Belfry enjoying time as a family with JoAnn’s parents. After raising their children, Shauna and Jason, JoAnn and Loren decided to follow their children to Washington State and set up home there in 1990. Here JoAnn worked at Precision Air Motive and retired from Wizard
International, while her husband worked at various maintenance positions and the local YMCA. Life was good, there were grandchildren to enjoy and Saturday’s at the Evergreen Speedway, Ferry rides on the Sound, and many wonderful family meals together. JoAnn was loving, kind and gracious. She enjoyed laughing with her family, so much so her great-granddaughter named her “Gma HeeHee.” She was always there with a warm smile and infectious laugh.
JoAnn passed peacefully after fighting a courageous battle. She went home to be with her parents Nov. 9, 2016, surrounded by her loving family, friends and her love of 54 years, Loren.
She is predeceased by her parents and numerous extended family members in Montana, California, and various other states.
A Celebration of Life will be 10 a.m., Saturday, May 27, at Belfry Cemetery.
Pastor Bell from Methodist Church of Bridger will be doing the services for her.