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|Wednesday, 19 November, 2014|
Rev. Joan LaLiberte
TONOPAH, Nevada — Rev. Joan LaLiberte, 76, died in an automobile accident November 12, 2014 outside of Tonopah, Nevada.
Joan was born on October 29, 1938 in Sam Huston, Texas to Clarence Edmond LaLiberte and Louise Isabel Smith.
She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She entered the Peace Corps in Peru. She later earned a Master’s in Divinity from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California.
In her younger days Joan traveled with her family to several places since her father was in the service. In 1962, she married Peter Moffit.
Joan became a journalist that brought both her and Peter to southeastern Idaho where they worked for the Idaho State Journal. Joan used to say it was easy for her to be a journalist because she was so unassuming people didn’t know she was there.
After going through a difficult time in her life, Joan heard her calling to serve God and was ordained an Episcopal minister in 1981 at St Michael's Cathedral Boise. She was assigned to the Good Shepherd Episcopal Mission Church in Fort Hall, Idaho where she served as the parish priest from 1985 to 1999.
Joan then moved and was assigned to St. James Church in Callicoon, New York. She was a volunteer priest at St. Marks in Tonopah, Nevada from 2011 until her death.
Joan always considered the people of the Good Shepherd Mission and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, as her friends and family. She is survived by a cousin Noel Clark of Tampa, Florida.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Peter.
Joan was a down to earth person who had a real passion about the church and people who she served. She considered Fort Hall her home and wanted be laid to rest here.
Closed casket viewing is Thursday November 20, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Episcopal Mission in Fort Hall. Funeral services are at 11 a.m. Friday November 21, 2014 with the Rt. Rev. Brian Thom officiating. Burial is at 2 p.m. in the Mission Cemetery.
Everyone is welcome to bring food donations on Thursday by 5 p.m. and again on Friday when a feast and giveaway is scheduled after the burial. Giveaway donations are also accepted.
Funeral arrangements are under the care of family and friends with the assistance of Bannock Pride. A special thanks goes out to Bishop Dan Edwards of the Episcopal Diocese of Nevada who worked to bring Joan home. Bishop Edwards said he respected her and she is one of the reasons he chose to serve in the church.
Jackson Tracy Sr.
Jackson Tracy Sr., beloved father, husband and grandfather passed away on November 18, 2014 at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho from a sudden illness.
Funeral arrangements are under direction of the family.
Viewing will be at his daughter’s residence on Frasure and Buckskin Drive starting on Thursday, November 20.
Funeral services will take place at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located on Highway 91 at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 21. Burial will be at Ross Fork Cemetery.
A complete obituary will appear in next week’s paper.