Joanne Swerre Gilmore, 91, passed away Monday, March 1, 2021, at Mary Lanning
Healthcare, Hastings, NE.
A Celebration of Life service will be held in Omaha at a later date. In lieu of flowers,
memorial gifts may be given to the Omaha Community Playhouse or the Hastings
College Foundation for the Brendon Doerr Scholarship. Private condolences may be sent
to the family at www.lbvfh.com. Livingston Butler Volland Funeral Home & Cremation
Center is serving the family.
Joanne Swerre Gilmore was born to Swedish immigrants, Nils Marten and Emma
Edquist Swerre. She graduated from Benson High School in 1947 and received her
degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 1951. While a student, she was an
active member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and enjoyed a lifetime of friendships.
She also met and married Philip Gilmore on March 17, 1951. Upon his return from the
Army, they settled in Omaha, NE where they raised their two daughters, Karen and Anne.
Joanne was active in many civic organizations including the Junior League of Omaha, the
Omaha Symphony Guild and the Omaha Community Playhouse. She was a 50-year
member of Presbyterian Church of the Cross and Happy Hollow Country Club.
Together with her good friend, they opened The Book House in 1978, a bookstore
exclusively selling children’s books.
In retirement, she and Phil traveled extensively. Most memorably being at the Taj Mahal
as the calendar flipped to the year 2000, a hot air balloon ride in California and visiting
relatives in Sweden.
In November of 2019, she moved to the Heritage at College View in Hastings to be
closer to her daughter.
Joanne was preceded in death by her husband, who also died on March 1; her parents,
and sister and brother-in-law, Ingrid and Max Andrews, and three infant children. Also
preceding her in death were her sister-in-law and husband, Annis and Fletcher Williams
and brother-in-law and wife, John and Marcia Gilmore, a niece and nephew and a
Joanne is survived by her daughters, Karen (Roger) Doerr of Hastings, NE, and Anne
Jordan of Durham, NC, three grandchildren, Alison Doerr of Shawnee, KS, Nick (Emily)
Jordan of Durham and Nina (Rob) Sloan of Indianapolis, IN, five great-grandsons, three
nieces and a nephew and their spouses.