In Memory of

Jo

Ann

Von

Dollen

(Washburn)

Obituary for Jo Ann Von Dollen (Washburn)

Jo Ann Washburn Von Dollen
09/23/1947-01/29/2021
Jo Ann Von Dollen of Lebanon, aged 73, passed away on January 29, 2021 after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s Disease. Mom was born on September 23, 1947 in Malad, Idaho to Lester and Dawno Washburn. She spent her early years in Downey, Idaho until her family moved to Boise when she was about 3 years old. She spent the rest of her school years in Boise and graduated from Boise High in 1965. In 1968, she married Earl Breshears and was blessed with two wonderful sons, Chuck and Andy. It was during this time that they moved to Lebanon, Or. They were later divorced. In 1992 she married her best friend, Leroy Von Dollen. Mom worked for Oregon State Employment Department for 24 years where she formed some wonderful lifetime friendships and earned the distinction of being one of the offices troublemakers. She loved her coworkers and missed them greatly after she retired. Her greatest love and joy was her family. She was the happiest when spending time with her grandchildren. Her love and dedication to her family was one of her angelic properties. Her children and grandchildren will always be forever impacted by her examples of love and caring for others. She constantly sacrificed for the benefit of others and always strived to see the good in each of us and quickly forgave those that wronged her. She had an unshakeable relationship with her Savior, Jesus Christ and always applied those attributes in the way she treated others. She leaves behind her husband, Leroy; 3 sons and their wives, Andy (Tina) Breshears, Chuck (Shana) Breshears, Greg (Kim) Perkins; 2 stepsons Willie Von Dollen, Michael Von Dollen; 14 grandchildren, Dana, Kelsey, Alyssa, Darrin, Kara, D’Laina, Kelsi, Heidi, Josh, Tanner, Shayla, Tyler, Colton and Dakota; 13 great grandchildren, Brooklyn, Bella, Ethan, Brock, Addy, Wyatt, Navy, Nash, Carter, Logan, Dean, Birdy, Kate. Three brothers, Merle (Linda) Washburn, Ed Washburn, Kim (Sherry) Washburn; Two sisters, Edith Schmidt, Patricia Washburn; and many nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, sister (best friend) Bonnie Killian, sister Leone Knopp, and nephew Tom Washburn. Mom loved reading her Bible one of her favorites scriptures was 1 Peter 5:10: But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect. Mom had a special relationship with her sister in-law Linda and in her memory, Linda wrote the following poem.
Jo

As I try to write this
The tears just start to flow
How can I put into words
The love I have for Jo?
She was the kindest person
I think I’ve ever met
And if there is a stranger
Jo hasn’t met them yet!
Her family were her treasures
She loved with all her heart
And if you asked about them
She wouldn’t know where to start
Her life wasn’t always easy
But you would never know
Because she always wore
A smile wherever she would go
She loved her husband Leroy
She said he was the best
And sometimes even Jo put
His patience to a test!
When she talked about her boys
Her pride would always show
And when they went out on their own
It was hard to let them go
And then there were the grandkids
And her heart just burst with pride
She would likely have 1 or 2
Or more right by her side
I could go on and on
About my Sister Jo!
Because my heart is breaking
To have to watch her go
But I know that she is smiling
And walking once again
And that Heaven is one lucky place
To welcome her within!


Mom wanted to make sure and thank Andy, Tina, and the girls (Dana, Kelsey, and Alyssa) for their love and care during this time. She also wanted to thank her amazing friend, Jean for the visits and limeades. In lieu of flowers we would ask you to donate to her favorite charity Obria in Moms name. https://www.obria.org/donate/ A Celebration of Life will be held on March 13, 2021 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Ignite Hope Church. Located at 580 F Street in Lebanon. For questions or comments please send an email to: jovondollen.memory@gmail.com.