Kirksey Funeral Home

406 Lenoir Road, Morganton, NC


JoAnn Marie (Pallister) Maness

March 25, 1939June 24, 2020

Mrs. JoAnn Marie Pallister Maness, age 81, of Morganton, a cherished wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went home to be with her Lord Wednesday morning. Carrying on her memory is her loving husband of 60 years Harold Maness; twin sister Josephine Herder; brother Carl Pallister; children Judy, Donald, Michael and their spouses; along with her 10 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and a multitude of loved ones and friends.

JoAnn Maness was known for her feisty spirit, unending love and unparalleled strength. Whether playing the organ, teaching Sunday School, running over your toes with her wheelchair or waving at you through her favorite forever missing lens of her glasses. Everyone who met JoAnn left with a story to share.

JoAnn’s story began in a humble home deep in the Colorado mountains. At an early age she contracted polio which led to her being paralyzed from the waist down, drastically changing her and her family’s life. She went on to graduate valedictorian of her high school. JoAnn left home for college where she met Harold the love of her life. She spent the next sixty years as wife, mother, sister, friend, missionary, Pastor’s wife, Christian school teacher, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her treasures included pretty flowers, hummingbirds, bells, cardinals and rainbows.


By Kathryn Harris, loving granddaughter

I have found treasure! I have struck gold!

My treasure is wonderful, and will never be sold.

You are my treasure, dear, precious grandmother.

With all my heart I love you now, and will love you forever.

You are wonderful and sweet as a rose –

Not just one, but rows upon rows.

I have found a priceless treasure,

This treasure is my very own grandmother.

We are rejoicing today that JoAnn is running and leaping and praising God!

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1225 29th Ave Dr NE, Hickory, NC 28601 with the Rev. Scott Hooks officiating.

Kirksey Funeral Home of Morganton has the honor of serving the family.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


JoAnn Marie (Pallister) Maness

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Jeanine Salewski

July 2, 2020

Aunt JoAnn was like a second mom to me. I have many treasured memories of time spent with her – seeing her play instruments for sing-a-longs, working on crafts, admiring the flowers, playing games, telling family stories, and just talking about life. She is loved and will be missed greatly. As I sit here remembering her talking about heaven, it brings peace to know that she has finally reached that joyous place and no longer has pain or hardships. All my love, thoughts, and prayers to Uncle Harold and the rest of the family.

Robin Foss

June 30, 2020

JoAnn was a great and special lady! I not only looked forward to visiting my brother, but also his family. The stories and love
JoAnn shared were exciting!
I am looking forward to seeing her again in Heaven!

Larry Shaffer

June 30, 2020

My first meeting with Sister Maness was at a 2004 Missions Conference at Gethsemane Baptist Church. It did not take me long to figure out she was a lover of the truth, and had the joy of the Lord!
Over the years as a missionary supported by their Church She encouraged me and even taught me things that some may view as small, but I will never forget. Love and prayers to all the family, especially Pastor Maness.

Carrie Lyons

June 29, 2020

My Aunt JoAnn taught me a lot about living life. Whether she was on crutches or in a wheelchair, you did not see someone with a disability. Instead you saw a woman who put her faith first, closely followed by her love for her family. She will be greatly missed. I know she will be watching over us all from her place in heaven.