Joanne C. Sassaman

October 24, 1931May 15, 2020

Mrs. Joanne C. Sassaman, age 88, of Roswell, Georgia passed away Friday, May 15, 2020 at her home.

Joanne was born on October 24, 1931 in Atlanta, Georgia to Hershel Levi and Gladys Strebe Clemans. She grew up in Hapeville, Georgia where she met her first husband, M.L. Davis, Jr. They were married in 1951. They had two children, Jeff and Donna. M.L. lost his fight with cancer in 1957.

Later she met Dan Sassaman and they were married in 1961. They had two children, Suzanne and Brian. They lived in Columbus, Georgia for twenty-five years before retiring to Joanne’s beloved North Georgia mountains.

Joanne loved the outdoors, camping in the Great Smoky Mountains and hiking on the Appalachian Trail. She was an avid seamstress who made unique quilts for her ten grandchildren and countless others. Most of all, she cherished her family and friends. Nothing made her happier than to have everyone together for fellowship and a meal where she could often be found singing a song and dancing a jig.

Joanne was the loving and devoted mother of Donna (Don) Dodelin, Suzanne (Stephen) Carswell and Brian (Renee) Sassaman, adored grandmother of Cliff, Jeff, Claire, Matthew (Priscilla), Mary Jo, Leslie Rae, Grace, Evan, Joseph and Charlotte and proud great grandmother of Aspen, Knox and Peregrine. All of these she loved and touched deeply along with in-laws, nieces, nephews and a host of lifelong friends. We will always remember her contagious laughter, kindness and how loved she made each of us feel.

Joanne is preceded in death by her parents, Hershel and Gladys Clemans, her siblings, Ralph Clemans and Dorothy Austin, her husbands, M.L. Davis and Dan Sassaman, and her son Jeffrey K. Davis.

A graveside service will be held later when Joanne’s life can be properly and safely celebrated with all of her loved ones. Please notify the family if you would like to be contacted when the arrangements are finalized.

The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to The Jeffrey K. Davis Memorial Fund, Young Harris College, 1 College Street, YoungHarris, GA 30582 in memory of Mrs. Joanne Sassaman.

“Keep close to Nature's heart... and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” – John Muir


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Mary Jo Sassaman

May 22, 2020

I loved spending time up in the mountains with Grandma Joanne and Grandpa Dan. When I think about grandma the words that come to mind first are generous, loving, and frugal (“A penny saved is a penny earned”). Grandma always put other people before herself and made sure that every single person around her felt loved from all her grandchildren to random strangers she would pass in the hallway at her retirement community. Sometimes she would pass someone and say hello with a big smile on her face and then giggle and whisper to me something like “he always looks so angry and sad so I try to say hello whenever I pass him”. I always looked up to her for her kindness, all the love she had for other people, and her love for nature.

One of my favorite stories about grandma is from a few days after grandpa passed away. We were up in the house in the mountains playing music from a CD my dad made her and one of her favorite songs came on and her mood went up. We danced(not very well) in the foyer together. After it was all done she talked about feeling guilty for being able to feel that way and dance a few days after grandpa died, but that just showed how strong she was. I will miss her very much but I am beyond thankful for the time I had with her and feel so lucky that I had her as my grandma.

Matt Sassaman

May 21, 2020

I definitely miss my “Grandma in the mountains.” I have so many great memories riding around with Grandma and Grandpa listening to her stories and lessons and going to their home for family gatherings. One of my favorites is every time we would pass by mountains in the car she would always say how beautiful they were. She always let me and all of our family know that we were loved. She was such a joyful and caring person and I am thankful that she was my Grandma.

Christian Mitchell

May 21, 2020

Only had the chance to meet this sweet woman a handful of times, each being more pleasant than the last. Every meeting was met with a warm hug and a few questions about how Ive been and whats been going on. In the short time I knew her, I could see how much love she had for the people in her life. She will be missed dearly by the family and me. ❤️

Brian Sassaman

May 21, 2020

Mom was such a happy, fun loving spirit. She had a deep joy that resonated with everyone who knew her. Even in her later years when she could get forgetful, her sweet happiness still showed. She was definitely a glass half-full person, always looking to be grateful for what she had. She had lots of heartbreaking events in her life but stood strong for my family - always trying to make us happy too. She loved the mountains and music, but most of all family. And she was a great story teller, constantly telling stories about her brother, sister, mom and dad. Stories of her visits to cousins on the farm. After my dad died, and I gave a eulogy, she asked what I would say about her. I joked (having learned from her) that I'd say "This is the first time that I have been able to get in a word edge-wise because mom talked A LOT!" She laughed and laughed and laughed, she loved that and said "I want you to say that!" I love it! Her sense of humor always included herself! Sign of a good soul. We love you mom and will really miss you.

Tracie, Greg and Ashley Sassaman

May 21, 2020

So sorry to hear about Aunt Joanne. She and Uncle Dan were very special and we will miss them. You guys will be in our prayers in the coming days when you carry on with life without your Mom. We know it’s not an easy thing to do but wonderful memories will help you. Love you guys, Greg, Tracie and Ashley

Mona Ochoa-Horshok

May 21, 2020

Aunt Joanne was one of my very favorite people from the moment I met her. She was dating my Uncle Dan and I was a little girl, who was awestruck as she and Uncle Dan whistled a duet for my family! I am so sad to lose her from this world, but what a life well-lived! All my love to the family ❤️.

Marian Searcy Jacobs

May 21, 2020

Joanne was a lovely, warm and sweet lady (Mom) next door. She always had a wonderful smile for everyone. My mother adored her and I miss them both. We grew up living next to Joanne and her family in Columbus, Ga.
Our hearts are with your family. So many good memories. ❤️

Suzanne Carswell

May 21, 2020

We are going to miss our Mom! As a kid, I loved having a crazy fun mom. She taught us to have fun and love the natural world. What a gift! My mom LOVED her family. Her parents, siblings, nephews and nieces, cousins, in-laws, and friends, and she shared stories of those she loved until the end. Sharing those 88 years of memories kept her going. I have peace because she loved us and she knew she was loved. What more can you ask? There is a reunion in heaven and now she is singing and dancing a jig with those she loved and missed.

Mandy Ochoa

May 20, 2020

Aunt Joanne was a wonderful fun, loving, and talented member of our family. I’m so glad she married Uncle Dan. What a joyous reunion.

Debbie Lee

May 20, 2020

Joanne was a true southern lady with a little Appalachia thrown in for a nice mix. I think she would enjoy being called a mountain woman. I don’t know who said “A woman at the top of a mountain didn’t fall there” but it sure sums up Cousin Joanne’s life. Her dry sense of humor, her joy in life and her kindness will be missed.


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