American Red Cross to host blood drive in memory of local woman

October 4, 2012

JoElla Tiefenauer died in January 2012


FARMINGTON, Mo. (Oct. 4, 2012) – Friends and family of JoElla Tiefenauer, a local woman who died of a blood clot this past winter, are inviting the community to remember her with a blood drive in her memory.


Friends and family of JoElla Tiefenauer, the American Red Cross and blood drive sponsor Mineral Area Regional Medical Center invite the Farmington community to give blood during the JoElla Tiefenauer Memorial Blood Drive on Thursday, Oct. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, 1212 Weber Road, Farmington, Mo.


Tiefenauer, 45, died on Jan. 1, 2012, from two blood clots in her lungs. Her husband, Steven Tiefenauer, said friends thought a blood drive in her memory would be fitting as JoElla was a regular blood donor herself. Steven described his wife as a funny woman who always made people laugh, and enjoyed attending her sons’ sporting events.


Blood collected at the JoElla Tiefenauer Memorial Blood Drive comes at an important time for the Red Cross. Blood supplies are still low following the summer months, and all blood types are needed. 


How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.  Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. 


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or join our blog at