JoAnn Mariner Lynch of Delmar passed away on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021 at Coastal Hospice at the Lake in Salisbury, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on February 13, 1943 in Salisbury, the daughter of the late Randolph and Viola Ann (Jones) Mariner.

JoAnn graduated from Delmar High School with the class of 1961 and was a member of the Delmar Alumni Association. Early in life, she worked part time at Castleberg’s Jewelers while keeping a full-time schedule as a wife, mother, and homemaker. She loved to decorate, cook, keep an immaculate home and take care of her beloved husband, Jack. She was equally devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren and helped care for them when they were younger. She supported them in all their endeavors and was always in the crowd cheering at events such as school concerts and softball games. JoAnn loved Christmas time, as it was her favorite time of the year. She had a knack for making the holidays feel special. 

She was a life-long member of the First Baptist Church of Delmar, where she taught Sunday school, helped with church functions, and assisted with vacation bible school for many years. Her memberships included the Delmar Kiwanis Club and the Salisbury Mall Walkers. Later in life, JoAnn loved to travel with Jack and their many friends and enjoyed taking bus trips. She will be greatly missed and remembered for her devotion to her church, her family, and her many friends.

Her family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the compassionate nurses and staff at Coastal Hospice for the kind and loving care given to JoAnn in her final days.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, John “Jack” William Lynch; daughter, Lori Ann Dorsey and her husband Michael of Hebron; grandchildren, Brooks Michael Dorsey and his wife Amber of Hampton, VA, Rachel Elizabeth-Ann Layfield and her husband Brady of Chesapeake, VA; a great-grandson, Christopher Crews; close in-laws, Star Lee Parsons, Alex and Margot Lynch and George W. and Rosemary Lynch; several nieces and nephews; and a host of close and very special friends.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, Dec. 4 at Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Interment followed at St. Stephen’s Cemetery in Delmar.

Memorial contributions may be made in JoAnn’s memory to Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802, or to the American Cancer Society by visiting

Arrangements are in the care of Short Funeral Home in Delmar. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting