Jo Ann Taylor, 79, of Gainesville died Friday, Nov.16, 2012, in her home at Lanier Village Estates. Jo Ann was born Jan. 19, 1933, in McKees Rock, Pa., the daughter of Harry Eason and Mildred Bubb Curtis.
Graduating from South Side High School in Ft. Wayne, Ind., Jo Ann studied at Indiana University
, Wisconsin University and Southern Illinois University. Her disciplines were science, language and sociology. She was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. Jo Ann was a nursing assistant for ten years at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. Primarily she was a homemaker, the mother of three children, Kathryn, Elizabeth and John. Jo Ann loved to travel with her family.
In the course her life, Jo Ann moved 33 times and lived in many places across the American continent. She had made Gainesville her home since 1976. Jo Ann worked for a number of years as an accountant with H&R Block in Gainesville. She was a member of Saint Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Oakwood, and most recently, Grace Episcopal Church in Gainesville. Jo Ann was strong in faith and faithful to the church.
Jo Ann had a penchant for bridge. For many years she was director of the Lanierland Bridge Club, where she developed many friendships. Jo Ann continued playing duplicate bridge with Lanierland after moving to the Lanier Village retirement community, where she organized bridge-playing events among the residents. Jo Ann was conversant, well-read and lived an active social life. She has left a legacy of love, laughter and friendship.
Jo Ann is survived by her three children, Kathy, Beth and John Stege; by her brother, John Curtis (Anne); and by several nieces and nephews. A Service of celebration for the life of Jo Ann Taylor will be held in the chapel of Lanier Village Estates, 4000 Village View Drive, Gainesville, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 at 4 p.m., with Fr. Dean Taylor and Fr. Frank Richardson officiating.
Those wishing to send online condolences may do so at littledavenport.com
Little & Davenport Funeral Home, 355 Dawsonville Highway, Gainesville, GA 30501, is in charge of arrangements.