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Joni Lee Hampshire Fitzgerald, age 66, of Roosevelt, Utah, returned to her Heavenly Father on February 22, 2023, surrounded by family after a long and hard battle with cancer.
Joni was born in Salt Lake City to Paul Hampshire and Joan Jones on January 14, 1957. She spent most of her childhood in Bountiful, Utah, but moved in her teenage years and graduated from Temple City High School in California in 1975. From there, she moved back to Bountiful and later met and married Don Fitzgerald. They moved to Roosevelt where they raised their three children: Lindsie, Brittany & Dustin and built a beautiful life together. Their love grew strong, especially as Don stood by her side and took great care of her during her difficult cancer battle. You could feel the love they shared, even into their last earthly moments together.
She worked at Plateau Refinery for a short time. She later gained a passion and career working for the Duchesne County School District, where she gave over three decades of service to children and families of the community; primarily at Con Amore, Kings Peak Elementary, and also the District Office. Most recently, she was able to read with students in Mr. D's 2nd-grade class remotely from home each weekday morning. It gave her purpose and joy! She loved those kids and talked about them all of the time.
Joni was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served in many callings, including the Young Women and Relief Society organizations. Her presence and service impacted many lives in the community, both in the schools and church settings.
Joni had a passion for dance and taught ballet and Jog Jazz in the 80s. She loved music of many genres, ranging anywhere from barbershop quartets to rock concerts with her kids. She always had music playing in her home and was not afraid to dance no matter when or where she was.
Joni loved spending time in nature; camping, hiking, and yearly trips to Snowbird with family. She loved getting away to the sunny beaches of California whenever possible. Joni loved animals and had several pets throughout her life. Much to her original city-girl dismay, Joni grew to love the small-town “farm life” and enjoyed helping Don on their cattle ranch. She also spent several summers helping Dustin with 4-H show calves including one Grand Champion. Her kids and grandkids were the highlight of her life. She always made sure there was never a need unmet. birthdays, holidays, and vacations were always spectacular.
Joni always showed perfect love to those around her and had a way of making everyone feel loved, accepted, and important. Her inner beauty was matched by her outer beauty, and you could always be sure she was fashionable, from her hair and makeup to clothes, shoes, and accessories.
Joni was lovingly known by friends and family by many names, such as Mom, Gram, Auntie Shone, Juicebox, Casper, Joni Baloney, Miss Joni, JFitz, among several others.
Joni is survived by her husband of 45 years, Don, children: Lindsie, Brittany (Mike), and Dustin; grandchildren: Kailee, Kelsie, Braden, and Jackson; her parents Paul and Joan “Mazee”; siblings: Stephanie (Reed), Troy, Cory, Todd (Sondra); pets: Baxter (dog), Frosty (cat); and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Utah Cancer Specialists; specifically Anita, Dr. Nibley, Michelle, and many nurses for the outstanding oncology care they provided, as well as Dr. Smith and Karen at the UBMC Clinic.
Special thanks to friends and family for sharing hundreds of memories of Joni on Facebook. We are overcome by the amount of love and support you all shared, and will cherish your messages in our hearts forever.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2023, at 11:00 am at the Central Park Ward Chapel, 32 South State Street. Viewings will be held on Friday, March 3, 2022 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Hullinger Mortuary and Saturday at the church from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Interment will be at Roosevelt Memorial Park.