JoAnn Dodgen, age 74, passed away peacefully on May 17, 2014 at home. JoAnn was born September 16, 1939 in Atlanta Georgia, daughter of Ivey Lee Frost and Mary Katherine Wells. JoAnn thoroughly enjoyed family gatherings, reading, working crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and any mind challenging games. JoAnn graduated from Bass High School located in Atlanta Georgia. In 1957, JoAnn married the love of her life Bennie Frank Dodgen. In addition to raising three girls they owned and operated their own wallpaper business. JoAnn is survived by her daughter, Cindy and her husband Dominick Squeglia; grandchildren, Nicholas Squeglia of Lawrenceville, GA, Michael Squeglia of West Palm Beach, FL, Crystal Dills of Blairsville GA, Misty Brown of Young Harris GA, four great grandchildren; and a number of other relatives and close friends.

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  1. I didn’t know JoAnn for very long but she always made me laugh and smile when I visited. She will be missed, XOXOXO to you JoAnn,
    Dana

  2. JoAnn was a very special lady indeed. She could take a room full of young kids and have them laughing so hard they would tear up. She is the only person I know that had a whole staff of doctors and nurses lined up at her room door that wanted to just come and say hey to her. She was the life of the party and everyone just wanted to hang out with her all the time. She raised a beautiful family of stunning daughters, grandsons, grand daughters, nieces and nephews who we will never forget in our lifetime. She will leave a big whole in all of our hearts but her presence will remain with us forever. We will miss her dearly but she has much work to do where she is going. She has a husband and two beautiful daughters waiting on her arrival. If you knew them….you know she now has her hands full again! Rest in peace Maw Maw…we love you forever!

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Sounds like she was one heck of a lady. God’s peace be with you all at this fragile time.
    Love you all!!

    Jenni

  4. Maw Maw was the most special person to ever touch my life. Words can hardly describe how great she was to us all – Beyond being an amazing grandmother, she was the best friend anyone could have ever asked for. Among all of the beautiful characteristics of her personality, love was the most prevalent. Ive never met another person that could love so completely and unconditionally. Through this unique quality, she truly brightened the life of every single person that knew her. Although I am saddened by her departure, I cannot help but to smile when I think about all of the amazing memories she has left us with. We love you Maw Maw, and know you will be with us in our hearts forever.

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. I have heard so many fantastic stories about her that I felt like I knew her as well.

    I know she will be missed but hope you can take comfort in remembering all of the wonderful times you had together as a family.

  6. We are so glad we saw Jo Ann last Friday. We will miss her dearly. We feel she is with her brother Bobby now… And Benny and Terry and Kathy and Granny. We think it is quite the family reunion. They will always be in our hearts.

    Today was her little brother Bobby’s birthday. We thought of Aunt Jo Ann as we had lunch in his honor today at a place called the Salt Factory – we think she would have enjoyed that restaurant!

  7. JoAnn was a special person to me. She knew who she was, why she was here, and where she was going! In the hospital she said to me, “it’s time for me to go”, to which I asked her, “where are you going?” She just smiled, looked straight in my eyes and said, “You know”. Of course I did, so I smiled too and asked her to put in a good word for me. How we die says a lot about how we lived. JoAnn died nobly, with dignity, and at peace with her God.
    God loves you JoAnn and so do I.
    Greg

  8. I enjoyed Joann as a friend and will miss her dearly. As a family, there is a big hole in our lives. I love what she meant to my grandchildren. She was humble and made us all laugh at her expense.. Shelby Frost said she had lunch at the Salt Factory this week. We all know that Joann would have loved being there,. Good Bye and God Speed. We love you!

  9. wow! I’m so lucky! I had the best maw-maw ever! She was cool which isn’t always easy at 74. She was the best mother. I feel like I can say that from experience even if it was just a few years they were precious! and made a big impact! I know she touched all of us in her special way. infectious! everybody wanted her for a best friend! She was mine and still is! I loved it when she called me crystal pistol ball aka c.p.b. when she was texing 🙂 How can you beat that? She was such a good example for me and my sister Misty and our proof is the beautiful great grandchildren Josh, Brooke, Cailey, and Kynsley. I only wish they had as much time as we did with the most beautiful woman/friend/sister/grandmother& mother ever! maw-maw you will be missed more then you could’ve ever imagined! We love you soooo much! can’t wait to see you again!

  10. I just found out about the passing of JoAnn. My father, J. Cecil Frost and JoAnn’s father, Ivey Lee were brothers. Although I had not seen JoAnn in years my heart is sad on her passing. I will always remember JoAnn and Bobby and will cherish their memory.
    My condolences to her family.

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