Thursday, April 18, 2019

Eagle Butte

Jo Ann Edwards

Jo Ann Edwards was born on August 6, 1937 to Elfina Ingeborg Birkeland Njos and Erwin Llewellen Njos. 

She attended school in Dupree, South Dakota and graduated in 1955, and was always active in whatever musical activities were available.   

Attended Yankton College for one year and majored in music. 

In 1956, she was married to Jim Edwards. They had three children, Kevin James, Deni Lynn, and Lisa DeAnn.   

They have their own families, Kristin, Taylor, Carter, Thomas, and Austin.  Kevin married Linda Zoeteman, Deni married Jeff Mensing, and Lisa married Kevin Bowen. 

Jim and she traveled quite a bit, and was always grateful for seeing a lot of the world during the marriage.   In 1979, Jim and her were divorced.

She finished her degree in music and decided it wasn’t very marketable so obtained an accounting degree from Eastern Montana College. 

In 1985, moved to Anchorage, Alaska. Was employed by Carr-Gottstein, Alaska’s largest private employer.

Grandchildren began to accumulate down in the Lower 48, so she moved to Minneapolis which was equidistant from all of the children and the home of her sister, Linda Zacher.  In 2005, I moved to State College, Pennsylvania. Began working for a small manufacturing entity which is part of a global company, Thermo Fisher Scientific.

She is survived by her son Son Keven, Daughter Deni and Sister Linda Zacher . Daughter Lisa preceeded her in death. After her death she moved to Meza AZ to be close to her sister Linda Zacher.  She passed away in November of 2018.

There will be a family memorial service in Mesa, Arizona later this winter. Condolences may be left for the family at

If you wish to do something in memory of JoAnn please make donations to the Dupree United Church of Christ, c/o Beverly Ann Birkeland, P.O. Box 7, Dupree, SD 57623.