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JOANN KENNESTON


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JOANN KENNESTON Obituary
JOANN KENNESTON Joann Marie Kimball Kenneston passed away Aug. 1, 2017, at the home of her son, in Belvidere, Illinois. She was born Nov. 9, 1951, in Aledo, Illinois, the youngest child of John and Emogene Kimball. Joann grew up on the family farm near Buffalo Prairie, Illinois, and was blessed to live near wonderful family and friends. Although she knew quite early that farm life was not for her, she dearly loved the people and deep roots that life gave her. Joann and her first husband, Paul, had one son, Chad Kaempfer. Anyone who knew Joann had probably heard of her much loved son. Chad blessed her with Lisa, the best daughter-in-law ever, and two beautiful grandchildren, Emily and Kyle. Joann is survived by her mother, Emogene Kimball; a sister, Janet (Douglas) McCaw; brother, Raymond (Linda) Kimball; a niece, Jennifer (Michael) Zecher; and nephew, Hunter Kimball. Another wonderful gift Joann was given was her husband of 28 years, Robert, who preceded her in death in 2016. He always made life fun and made her feel much loved. Robert brought four great grown children, Aaron, Audrey, Abra and Allan to the marriage. Through these children she also inherited and loved, 10 grandchildren. Life would not have been complete without Robert and his family in her life. Joann had a very full life. She spent years working in the newspaper industry, followed by years in the hospitality industry. She always said that God had her learn from those jobs to prepare her for working in a church setting. In 1999, Joann began working at Bethany Baptist Church. Then, in 2004, Robert and Joann began pastoring the Rachel Baptist Church in Rachel, Nevada. Both churches were dear to her. Most especially the people. Joann lived a blessed and joyful life! Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Bethany Baptist Church, 210 Wyoming St., Boulder City. In lieu of flowers, Joann wished memorials be made to the Bethany Baptist Church or to The Caring Place, 4425 S. Jones Blvd., Suite 1, Las Vegas, NV 89103. The Caring Place is dedicated to easing the journey of those touched by cancer and was founded by Joann's oncologist and friend, Dr. Allison.
Published in Boulder City Review on Aug. 10, 2017
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