JoAnn's Story

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JoAnn (Rochell) Loftis, 81, of Rockwall, Texas, passed from this life to her heavenly home on May 28, 2017.
She was born July 10, 1935, in Dallas, Texas, the only child of Henry Edward and Emma (Anderson) Rochell. JoAnn grew up on a farm five miles outside of Rockwall. There were no paved roads to the farm, so she would stay with relatives in town when it was too muddy to get home from school. After graduating from Rockwall High School in 1952, she attended North Texas State Teachers College in Denton where she graduated in 1956 with a degree in home economics. JoAnn married her high school sweetheart, Joe Loftis, and taught school in Snook, Texas, while Joe attended Veterinary School at Texas A&M University.
Joe and JoAnn settled back in Rockwall where they owned and operated the Rockwall Veterinary Hospital. JoAnn was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority. She was an original member of The Aspasians of Rockwall, the Lakeside Book Club and the Rockwall County A&M Club. She was a member of the Friday Study Club of Rockwall and the Hardy Listeners Book Review Club of Dallas. She was also a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Rockwall.
While involved in many things, nothing was more important to JoAnn than her family. She and Joe enjoyed 58 years as husband and wife, and they raised two boys, Dowell and David. JoAnn was a great mom. She was known for many wonderful things, but maybe none more than her famous chocolate sheet cake that would mysteriously show up in the teacher's lounges of the schools Dowell and David were attending. When her boys had children of their own, she became the best "Nana" any child could hope for. She and Joe spent a great deal of their time at dance recitals and ball games, many times traveling great distances to support their grandchildren. Being a lifelong resident of Rockwall, JoAnn also had many longtime friends she dearly cherished. When a person lives a long time in the same area, the true character of that person shows itself. That was true of JoAnn. And that is why she will be so missed.
JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Emma Rochell; and her beloved husband, Dr. Joe D. Loftis.
She is survived by two sons, Dr. Dowell Loftis of Rockwall and Dr. David Loftis and wife Christine of Rockwall. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Catherine Hernandez and husband Keith of Houston, Texas, Joe Henry Loftis of Rockwall, Haley Daniel and husband Paul of Victoria, Texas, and Reed Loftis and wife Shannon of Tulsa, Okla.
Published on May 30, 2017
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