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Jo Ann Persons


1931 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Jo Ann Persons Obituary
On April 2, 1931, the world received a beautiful gift. Jo Jones Persons was known to some by her Des Moines Iowa roots, to others by her full tilt laughter and gift for storytelling, and others by her little boutique in Estes Park Colorado, La Place de Jo. She was Jo, wife, business owner, past member of the Rotary Club of Estes Park, singer with Estes Park Sings, and actress in several plays including Mame, Cinderella, Harvey, and Come Blow Your Horn, lover of life, and to the most fortunate six, Mom. Surrounded by her family, Jo passed away peacefully on July 2, 2017. Born to Harvey and Hazel Stearns and older sister Marylou, Jo spent her blissful childhood in Des Moines. She met her husband Robert Jones at Drake University and began her next adventure as wife and mother. Married to Bob for 25 years and raising 6 children, Jo spoke often about her affection for Iowa. Jo and Bob moved to Loveland, Colorado in 1974 where they happily explored the mountains for 2 years before Bob passed away. The mountains called Jo to move to Estes Park in 1977 where she bought her home, opened her boutique, delighted in her beloved Fall River and Rocky Mountains and met her wonderful husband, Alfred E. Persons. They were married in 2003 and had a "fabulous" life together for 10 years before Al passed away. Jo returned to Loveland in 2015 where she lived in her "jewel box" in the foothills by the river. Always grateful, always generous, always loving, Jo will be forever remembered by her children: Stephaney (Vinh), Joni (Peter), Babette (Daniel), Bob, Mike (MaryAnne), Patrick (Kristin), and her "cherubs" including 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Estes Park on July 12th at 11:00am. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Bartholomew's Church in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 1302 Graves Ave. Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Jo's family.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on July 7, 2017
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