Jo Ann R. Sorensen

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Jo Ann R. Sorensen

Jo Ann Record Sorensen died peacefully in Sparks on Wednesday, August 10, 2011.

Born in Reno on February 23, 1922 to Harry and Maude Pennell Record, she attended Orvis Ring Elementary, Northside Junior High, and the old Reno High School. She was a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and the campus YWCA. In 1943 she received a bachelor's degree in psychology and was elected to Phi Kappa Phi national scholastic honorary. She planned to pursue a master's degree in social work until she met the love of her life, Alf Sorensen, at the university. They were married on September 18, 1943.

When her husband, Alf, was disabled in a car accident in 1954, she did her social work by caring for her invalid husband, three children, and the numerous children to whom she provided child care.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alf; sisters Dorothy (Dottie) Berry, Marjorie (Marge) Cupit, and Joyce Burton; and brothers Richard (Dick) and Robert (Bob) Record. She is survived by daughter Sandy and son Rick (Ellen) of Sparks, and son Mark of Reno; grandchildren Courtney Buddress (Jeremy) of Portland, OR, Nathan, Johanna (Alex), Luke (Amanda) and Ian Sorensen, all of Sparks; sisters-in-law Nellie Church of Laguna Niguel, CA and Louise Allen of Sparks, and many nieces and nephew.

She was a member of Emmanuel First Baptist Church and Chapter E, P.E.O. Sisterhood, both in Sparks.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the church, 1100 12th Street, on Saturday, August 27, at 11 a.m. Private inurnment will be at Mountain View Cemetery.

Heartfelt thanks to Ellen and Sandy Sorensen, and to Cindy McNerney for the loving care they gave our mother these past several years. We also express thanks to the staff of Manor Care Wingfield Hills for care given to her during her final days. Walton Sparks Funerals & Cremations was entrusted with arrangements. Private inurnment will be at Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the charity of your choice in her name.


Published in Reno Gazette-Journal from Aug. 14 to Aug. 24, 2011
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