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Jonell GossJanuary 25, 1947 ~ October 30, 2017 (age 70)
Jonell Killion Ahlstrom Goss (1/25/47 – 10/30/17)
On October 30, 2017, our beloved mother, wife, grandmother, and friend returned to our Heavenly Father. Jonell was born in Auburn, California and later adopted to the loving parents of Joseph Emery Killion (1904-1986, St. Joseph, MO) and Nellie Fern Stuckey (1913-1994, Arnett, OK) on January 25, 1947. As a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Jonell also attended BYU in Provo, UT as a young adult. Jonell married and had two sons, Joseph Ahlstrom and James Logan Ahlstrom born in Yuba City, CA. After a divorce, Jonell returned to Utah County, Utah with the hope of attending BYU to finish her schooling, being closer to the heart of the LDS Church, and finding a safe and supportive environment to raise her boys. Jonell decided to raise her two sons in Springville, UT becoming one of the Springville City librarians in the late 1970s, the Mayor’s administrative assistant for the City of Springville in the 1980s (J. Brent Haymond as mayor), and an assistant to justice of the peace Otto Collins. She later was employed by one of the computer departments at BYU until the year 2000. Jonell then remarried to Tom Goss on September 16, 2000, who already had four grown children – Leslie Lee Goss, Todd Goss, Aimee Goss Esplin, and Cheri Goss Fuhringer. Jonell and Tom resided in Payette, ID for the last seventeen years, and their love was sealed in the Boise, ID temple. She loved being Tom’s doting farmer wife these past 17 years, and she embraced all of Tom’s children and family as her own.
One of Jonell’s passion was sewing, quilting, and crafts. She had one of the most powerful opera-like singing voices and she enjoyed singing church hymns and being involved in the choir. Jonell also played the piano exceptionally well. She proudly raised and loved being with and watching her two sons; as a single mother, that often meant working three jobs to support the family. Jonell was dedicated and committed to motherhood and believed that was the most sacred of life’s callings. Another passion of Jonell’s was the love of reading; she would read an entire novel often in a single nightly sitting. She embodied qualities of selflessness and love in all her interactions, making life better for all those who had the privilege of knowing her.
Jonell is survived by her two sons, Joseph Ahlstrom (Boulder, CO) and James Ahlstrom (West Bountiful, UT), four step-children, Les Goss (Orem, UT), Todd Goss (Ontario, OR), Aimee Goss Esplin (Ontario, OR), and Cheri Goss Fuhringer (Dutton, MT), and six grandchildren, Devan Alexander Ahlstrom (Harrison, UT), Austin James Ahlstrom (West Bountiful, UT), Anthony Phillip Ahlstrom (West Bountiful, UT), Aubrey Jonell Ahlstrom (West Bountiful, UT), Brayden Matthew Ahlstrom (Boulder, CO), and Andrew Joseph Ahlstrom (West Bountiful, UT), and five step-grandchildren, Sarah,
Joshua Goss, and Rebekeh Goss (all of Orem, UT), and Ashleigh Goss Goodsell and Alaina Goss (of Virginia).
A public viewing will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Haren-Wood Funeral Home, 840 6th Avenue S., Payette ID. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the LDS Church, 502 S. Iowa Ave., Payette, ID and internment will follow at Rosedale Memorial Gardens, 10350 Iowa Ave N., Payette, ID. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to the local chapter of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America or your favorite local charity.
She would be angry if we forgot to say: We are Groot!