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Posted by: thepinetree on 03/15/2018 12:12 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 03/15/2018 12:12 PM
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Joann Marie Inks 1935 - 2018, Former Calaveras Treasure Tax Collector

Angels Camp, CA...Joann Marie Inks was born on July 24, 1935, at the family farm home on the prairie near Rockham, South Dakota. Her parents were Arthur and Florence (McGinnis) Nielsen. It was a hot harvest day and when Joann was about to arrive, her Dad rushed by car to a neighbor's home to phone the doctor, that neighbor lady then went to the Nielsen home to help out. The doctor was Dr. Potter from Redfield about 20 miles away. Dr. Potter had been the much loved family doctor for the McGinnis family for about 20 years including the birth of Joann's sister, Arlene, and her twin brothers, Rollie and Bob.




The Nielsen children attended a one-room school about a mile from their home. They would have a ride to school, but they would walk home across the flat prairie land and maybe wave at the train engineer and the passengers as the train passed by.

In 1942, Joann moved with her family to a dairy farm in northern Wisconsin. The school was about half a mile from the family home, it was a larger brick building with more students.

One day Joann went for a walk to the home of her friend, Gail, who lived half a mile away. One of Dad's sheep followed Joann to Gail's home and thereafter Gail's Dad called Joann Mary.

In 1946, Joann and her family moved from Wisconsin's rolling hills, abundant trees, dairy farms and snowy hills where their toboggan was well used for fun, play and recreation to Carson Hill.

Home was now the gold country of Calaveras County, California, and also where her Grandma McGinnis and Aunt Bessie McGinnis resided. Joann finished elementary school and attended Bret Harte High School, graduating in 1953.

Joann married classmate Robin Inks and they were the parents of 3 children: Grover Ronald, Patricia Joann and Richard Lee. Their children attended Bret Harte High School, also.

In 1960 the family moved to Redding CA for Robin to attend Shasta College. While there Joann also attended Shasta College earning an associate’s degree in Accounting.

Joann worked as a teller for Bank of America when the children were little. In March of 1967 Joann went to work in the Calaveras County Treasure Tax Collectors Office, through the years working her way up. In June of 1982 Joann was elected to the position of Treasure Tax Collector. She served as the Treasure Tax Collector until retiring in December 1998 after 32 years in the office. She said she loved every day there.

When Joann became a grandmother, she asked her grandchildren to call her "Besta", a shortened version of the Danish term "Bestamor", which means “grandmother”. Joann's grandparents had been immigrants from Denmark.

Her favorite times have been with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed having family get-togethers at her house and getting friends from high school days together. She often took the grandchildren skating, snow skiing and RV traveling. She spent many hours saving her many wonderful memories in beautiful hand crafted scrapbooks.

She was president of Bret Harte High School Alumni Committee and Treasurer of the Union Congregational Church.

Joann is survived by her husband Robin three children Grover (Chris), Patty (Larry), Richard (Jan). Sister Arlene Nielsen, brother Robert Nielsen, 8 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.

Joann bravely fought multi-myeloma cancer for the last five years. She will be truly missed. Funeral services will be held Saturday March 24, 2018, 11:00 A.M. at the Union Congregational Church in Angels Camp, CA. Interment will be at Altaville Protestant Cemetery.


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Posted on: 2018-03-15 16:24:01   By: Anonymous
 
What a wonderful, thoughtful tribute. May warm memories of this remarkable woman and a life well-lived in time bring comfort.

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    Posted on: 2018-03-15 16:51:40   By: Anonymous
     
    rip dear lady

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Joann Inks
Posted on: 2018-03-15 19:23:27   By: Anonymous
 
Great Lady, have known her since 1967 when she came to work at the Government Center. The County was lucky to have her for their Tax Collector for many years.

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Posted on: 2018-03-16 10:47:26   By: Anonymous
 
My wife was being treated at the Mark Twain Cancer Center where we met many people from our county that we're afflicted with cancer, Joann was one of those Dear people! I'm thankful that we had time to talk to one another, including Joann! It shows how delicate life is, doesn't matter what you have done or how successful you've been, when it is your time it is your time! Support your friend's receiving treatment, go out of your way to encourage even when it seems hopeless! Joann blessed us as we hope we blessed her! Great family, she did her job, and now doesn't have to suffer any longer!

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