Obituaries Wednesday March 6th
Jo Ann Murray, age 80, of Homosassa, Florida and formerly of Wapello, died Tuesday morning, March 5, 2013, at her daughter Peggy’s home, rural Wapello. The daughter of Lyle Edwin and Ruth Viola Carlson Kallenberger, she was born on October 27, 1932 in Wapello. Jo Ann married Sharon Murray on May 21, 1950 in rural Mediapolis.
She graduated from Wapello High School in 1950. She worked at the Wapello Republican as a reporter and photographer and proof reader. She then worked for several years as a Deputy Recorder in Louisa County. Later she was involved in operating Murray’s White Elephant in Oakville.
She had been a Sunday school teacher and church organist for the United Methodist Church in Wapello. Her memberships included the Wapello Study Club, Indian Hills Golf and Country Club, Midwest Country Cloggers, that she organized, and the Klassic Kountry Kloggers and Sun Coast Cloggers both in Florida. She was a certified Scuba Diver, had taught Violin, authored ‘Oakville 100 Years Relived’, and a 4-H Leader. Jo Ann enjoyed Yoga, was an avid golfer, played the organ and several musical instruments, was a seamstress, and enjoyed fishing and reading. In high school she was the Wapello Homecoming Queen.
Jo Ann had accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior.
Her family includes her husband, Sharon; a son, Gene & Teresa Murray of Wapello; two daughters, Catherine & William Phillips of Wapello and Peggy & Ed Yotter of Wapello; six grandchildren, Sammi & Scott Massner of Center Point, Clint & Melissa Murray of Robins, Heather & Brian Anderson of Mediapolis, Angela & Danny Brauns of Mt. Pleasant, Chevy Jo & Brad Hank of Wapello, and Jasey & Josh Moore of Wapello; eight great grandchildren; and two sisters, Lyla & Bob Kleindolph of Muscatine and Linda Jane & Tony Orr of Wapello. She was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson, Jason.
The funeral ceremony for Jo Ann Murray will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home in Wapello with Rev. Jim Dotson officiating. Burial will follow at the Wapello Cemetery.
Friends may call from 3:00 to 7:00 PM on Thursday at the Dudgeon-McCulley Funeral Home.
A Memorial Fund has been established for the benefit of the Wapello Rescue Unit and the Great River Hospice.