JoAnn M. Starnes

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JoAnn M. Starnes

November 21, 1948 - October 05, 2018

JoAnn M. Starnes JoAnn Mary Starnes, age 69, of Traverse City, formally of Garden City, Grayling, Taylor and Westland, died Oct. 5, 2018. JoAnn was born on Nov. 21, 1948 in Detroit, to Russell V. and Mary C. (Driscoll) Bazin. She married James Starnes in Ohio on Dec. 8, 1989.
Jo enjoyed horseback riding as a young girl and loved raising dogs and cats. She also enjoyed watching black and white movies, swimming, putting together jigsaw puzzles, road trips, gathering with family and friends, parties, dancing, laughter and the smile on a child's face. She was always searching for the best bargains; giving to others so no one ever went without. She recently donated 10 inches of her hair to Wigs 4 Kids.
Jo is survived by her children, Donna (Steve) Smith, of Westland, Teri (Tony) Cheaves, of Lincoln Park, James (Erica) Starnes Jr., of Tyrone, Georgia, Alicia (Tim) Richards, of Traverse City; siblings, Eileen (Paul) Wood, of Calumet, Roz (Jim) Swanson, of Harrison, Bob (Terry) Bazin, of Calumet; 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and Regal, the cat.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, James M. Starnes Sr.; sister, Janice Bazin; great-granddaughter, Leena J. Guidot; and first husband, Frank Gonsior.
An informal gathering will be held today, Oct. 9, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the new location of Life Story Funeral Home, 400 Hammond Road West, Traverse City.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018 at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be directed to Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Please visit to sign the guestbook and share your thoughts and memories with the family.
Published on October 9, 2018
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