Joanne Hazle Brown Shultz Scharer


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Joanne Hazle Brown Shultz Scharer
October 30, 1926 – June 19, 2016

Mass of Christian burial for Joanne will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, El Centro, Monday, June 27, at 10 a.m. with graveside service at Evergreen Cemetery in El Centro immediately following Mass beside her husband Hercel of whom she was married for 46 years.

Joanne Hazle Brown Shultz Scharer departed this life on Sunday, June 19, 2016 with family at her side, in Spokane, Washington, at the Moran Vista Assisted Living Home.

Joanne was born on October 30, 1926 in Cordell, Washita Co., Oklahoma, the 5th child, 3rd daughter of Verne W. Brown & Blanche Hazle Wilcox Brown.

Joanne was baptized in the Catholic faith and confirmed on June 12, 1938 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Clinton, Oklahoma.

Joanne was elected FFA Queen in her senior year and was the first string forward for her high school basketball team. She graduated from Cordell High School. After graduating she immediately went to Wichita, KS to live with her sisters and to find a job. She worked at Innes’, one of the big department stores in Wichita as an elevator girl- “going up, going down”, then got a job at Boeing Aircraft Co. By September she was back home in Cordell. In October of that year she met the returning WWII soldier and hometown boy, Hercel Vernoy Shultz. They were married on February 4, 1946 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Cordell.

She and Hercel came to California late in 1946 and their first child H.V. Jr. was born there in January, 1947. Hercel was owner of the Shultz Barber Shop on Main Street in El Centro having purchased it from his Uncle Bill Shultz.

After Hercel’s death in 1989 Joanne married Ronald D. Scharer in 1991. After Ron died in 2011, Joanne went to live with her daughters in Spokane.

Joanne worked off and on while raising her four children: selling cosmetics from her home, working part time at Green’s Custom Jewelry Store and finally found her calling as a home decorator working at the Imperial Stores in El Centro. She had a God-given talent and loved the decorating part. She was the interior decorator for many homes in Imperial County, Borrego Springs, San Diego, as well as prestigious homes in old Mexico.

Preceding her in death are her parents, sisters & brothers-in-laws: Averille and Curtis Peters, Fanita and Tom Millikan and sister Colleen V. Brown. Brothers & sister-in-laws: V.W. and Hope Brown, Leo and Alice Brown, Don W. and Charlotte Brown and Joanne’s 2nd son Gregory Allen Shultz in 1971, at 21 years of age.

She leaves behind her sisters Phyllis Brown Anderson of Camarillo, CA, and Mary Cecele Cibula and husband George A., brother Lynne B. Brown and wife Jimmie Lou of Littleton, Colorado; son Hercel V. Shultz, Jr. and wife Eileen (Storey) of Brawley, CA, daughter Mary Marguerite Womble O’Donnell and husband Michael of Spokane, WA, and daughter Julie Anne Morin and husband Christopher of Spokane, WA.

Also four grandsons: Hercel Vernoy Shultz III, Gregory Leo Shultz, James A. Womble (Kirsty), and Michael C. Morin. Granddaughters Lisa K. Womble Woods (Hugh), and Laurie M. Morin.   Step-daughter and husband Maureen and King Kimball, step-grandchildren Danica and Zack.  In addition, she had 12 great-grandchildren.

Joanne was always remembered in the most complimentary words by those who came to know her work, her encouraging and motivating example, and the faith she had in her family, her devoted friends, and in her faith over the years to God the Father and in His Son Jesus Christ.  We are truly grateful for the gift she proved to be to us all.