The memorial service for Jo Ann Nash, 78, of Aubrey, Texas, will be held at two o'clock on the afternoon of June twenty-seventh at Midway Church, 9540 U.S. 377 Pilot Point, TX 76258. Visitation with the family will occur immediately following the service in the church hall.
Jo passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 after suffering a stroke. Jo was born in Borger, Texas on November 21, 1934, the fourth of seven children born to Pearl and Harvey Bristow. She was married to William S. Nash on August 3, 1956. During the fifty-four years of their marriage Bill and Jo shared many adventures, including raising four daughters, Bobbie Fagan, Di Ann Sites, Karen Nicolaou and Janet Meyers.
When asked to describe her life, Jo likened it to the changing colors of the leaves she observed on her first trip to New York as a guest of Eastman Kodak. As the leaves change in color so Jo's life changed.
In the green of springtime, she was a single mother, working to take care of her two girls, setting a world record for an economy run in a motorcycle race, and meeting and marrying the man who would be her lifelong companion and friend.
In yellow summer sunshine, she saw her four daughters graduate from college, marry and have children of their own. During this phase of her life Jo obtained a real estate agent's license and developed and ran a highly successful commercial real estate sales office. She started a home building company with her daughter, Janet, and became active in civic development serving as director for the Aubrey 380 Area Chamber.
In the gold of autumn, her belief in the importance of education manifested itself in her service on the Aubrey Area Library Board, in an endowment to the Aubrey Education Foundation and the donation of the land which is the site of the Aubrey Library. Jo was a founding member of Visual Arts Society of Texas, a member of the Gainesville Area Visual Arts league and a director of the Aubrey Economic Development Corporation.
This was a time when Jo traveled the world. She cruised the Mediterranean and the Black Sea, visited Turkey, Russia, the United Kingdom and France. A reader of Josephus, Ephesus was one of her favorite places abroad. During her travels, Jo took wonderful photographs which she later transformed into oil on canvas demonstrating her view of the world and her considerable artistic talent.
In the silver of winter, with the passing of her beloved Bill, she reinvented herself. She spent time on things that delighted her - painting with the gang in Montague County, visiting with family, cruising in the Gulf of Mexico with friends, and staying up all night watching old movies. Jo especially enjoyed meeting "quirky" people. After her sojourns, she would return to her home in Aubrey with new anecdotes to entertain and amuse friends and family alike. She never met a stranger and was possessed of the unique ability to put people instantly at ease - whatever the circumstance. Jo would describe all of this as, "Just having fun."
Jo is survived by her two sisters, Elizabeth Woodfin and Joycee West, and their husbands Asa and Teddy; her four daughters, Bobbie, Di Ann, Karen and Janet; five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Bill, she is preceded in death by her brothers, Jimmy, Leonard and Gene, and her sister, Melzora.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Visual Arts Society of Texas, P.O. Box 1281, Denton, TX 76202.