Born in Owensboro, Kentucky on July 21st, 1944

Departed on July 19th, 2020 and resided in Aurora, Colorado

    JoAnn Wood Gardner, 76, of Aurora, Colorado, passed away July 19, 2020, following a lengthy battle with cancer.  Born on June 21, 1944, she was the daughter of Judge John F. Wood and Josephine Bennett Wood of Owensboro, Kentucky.  JoAnn was born and grew up in Owensboro.  After graduating from Owensboro Senior High School she attended the University of Kentucky for her pre med studies.  She was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority while attending the University of Kentucky.  She then attended the Medical College of Virginia where she received a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy.  In 1989 she received Master of Arts degrees in both Business Administration and in Health Services Management from Webster University.  Her career took her from direct patient care, ergonomic consultation and corporate rehabilitation directorship.  Throughout her lifetime, reading, UK basketball, and traveling were JoAnn’s passions.  She visited and stayed in 77 countries during her travels around the world.

    JoAnn first introduced her children to traveling abroad in 1993 when they went to the Cayman Islands as part of a Caribbean cruise. They all loved it so much, that JoAnn later purchased shares in a timeshare on the island. JoAnn’s love of travel has been passed down to both of her children. Lesa and her family have traveled with JoAnn on multiple trips and will continue their pursuit of traveling to new and exciting destinations. James and Tess have also traveled abroad and intend on furthering their world travels as well.

    JoAnn is survived by her daughter Lesa Schmad and Robert Schmad of Aurora, Colorado;  her son James M. Gardner III and Tess Wilson of Denver, Colorado;  Gavin Schmad, grandson;  and Lisa V. Wood, sister-in-law, and Elizabeth Wood Goss, niece, of Lexington, Kentucky.

    JoAnn will be cremated.  Due to current pandemic conditions there is no plan for a service at this time.

    Guestbook Entries

    Tracy Vinciguerra

    Oh my gosh I am so very sad to learn of her passing!  She was my mentor and one of the dearest ladies I have ever met!  She taught me so much!  I loved my friend and mentor!  God bless you all!   Much love, Tracy Vinciguerra

    July 29th, 2020 at 8:26am
    Cheryl Hopkins

    JoAnn was a beloved neighbor and will be greatly missed. God Bless. Cheryl Hopkins

    July 29th, 2020 at 10:01am
    Marilyn & Chuck Helgerson

    It was always a pleasure to visit with JoAnn at one of our Villas community events, and we are so sorry to hear of her passing! She was such a lovely, interesting, positive person, and there was no doubt that she adored her grandson Gavin! 

    July 29th, 2020 at 11:36am
    Trish D'Avanzo

    I admired so much Joann’s commitment to her family and friends, and she was such a wonderful neighbor. She will be dearly missed. Heartfelt condolences to her family.

    July 29th, 2020 at 11:48am
    Cheryl Bassett

    JoAnn was a beloved friend for MANY years. I have always admired her positive outlook and sense of adventure. She had warned me in June that her health was declining, but we are never fully prepared. I will always consider her friendship a bright spot in my life’s journey. My prayers are with Lesa and Bob and her family.

    July 29th, 2020 at 12:17pm
    Sharon Scholle

    My sympathy to Joann’s family on her passing. She was a lovely lady and I enjoyed
    our visits whenever I had a chance to talk to her. My how she loved her grandson and
    spoke of him a lot. I’m so happy she got to travel and see the world. She had many friends at the Villas. We shall miss her.

    July 29th, 2020 at 4:23pm
    Linda Sharp Stockton, Murray, KY

    JoAnn and I were friends in Owensboro High School and she was so much fun and so smart. When we connected after college, I loved getting the Christmas letter each year telling about the family and world travels. She truly was a proud grandmother. That Christmas letter will certainly be missed. My sympathy to the family.

    July 30th, 2020 at 9:43am
    Imogene Evans

    It was my real joy and honor to have JoAnn as a neighbor and dear friend for the last eight years. We had great fun together at movies, lunches, shopping, attending parties, discussing travels and enjoying glasses of wine. I miss her terribly. What a lovely person.

    July 30th, 2020 at 10:34am
    Jolyne Corbin

    We had very special moments together with our sense off humor. Oh how I will miss her,  Jo Corbin

    July 30th, 2020 at 3:43pm
    Claudia Hislop

    I so enjoyed our friend, see was a dear friend and travel partner

    July 31st, 2020 at 7:51am
    Jerry Taylor

    In my youth, as others, I had many enjoyable cousins. Then over the many years we all grow up and go our different ways. About three years ago I began the search to locate JoAnn, and with the aid of the internet found her in Colorado. I had seen JoAnn only three times in the previous 60 years. Since then we enjoyed a couple of long phone conversations, several emails and cards. I was very fortunate — and now I miss her.

    August 1st, 2020 at 8:09am

    JoAnn and I became friends when I moved to the Villas over 10 years ago; she was in book club and was one of my Mah Jongg students. Our grandsons (JoAnn’s Gavin and my Grant) were the same age and were little play buddies when we were babysitting them during their younger days. We called them the G-men. She was a lovely, vibrant and special lady…and will be dearly missed. God bless her and her family.

    August 5th, 2020 at 3:00pm

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