Jo Ann Stevenson Wilson passed away on Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Kerrville, Texas, at the age of 77.
Jo Ann was born June 24, 1935, to Joseph and Myrtle Stevenson in a farmhouse near Monroe, joining her older brother, Dean Stevenson. JoAnn’s family moved many times while she was growing up as her father worked as a lineman in Illinois and Colorado. Despite the many moves, Jo Ann never had problems making friends wherever she lived.
The family moved back to the Stevenson family farm when she was in high school. She graduated from Monroe High School in 1953 – the same class as her high school sweetheart and best friend, Dean Wilson. Dean and Jo Ann were married in Reno, Nevada, on July 10, 1954.
Jo Ann worked several clerical jobs until her first daughter, Brenda, was born in 1958, and then she became a full-time mom. Her second daughter, Mary Ann, was born in 1962, and Jo Ann stayed busy with her girls going to piano recitals, dance recitals and the many, many family camping trips they took, visiting almost all of the 50 states.
Jo Ann’s greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren and enjoying large family gatherings at the farm or her home. Her grandchildren were always thrilled to spend the night with Grandma and Grandpa. Jo Ann also enjoyed many long-lasting friendships with people from Iowa and Texas, but her best friend was her constant companion, and husband of almost 59 years, Dean.
Jo Ann was predeceased by her parents, Joe and Myrtle Stevenson and many aunts and uncles. She is survived by her husband, Dean, of Kerrville, Texas; her brother, Dean Stevenson and wife Peg, of Knoxville; her daughter Brenda, and husband Steve Frost of Marion, Ill., and daughter Mary Ann and husband James Champlin of Oxford, N.Y.
Jo Ann is also survived by the grandchildren she cherished so much; Jeffrey Champlin of Oneonta, N.Y.; Megan Frost-Cooperstein and her husband Michael of San Antonio, Texas; Craig “Alex” Champlin of USMA at West Point and Allison Frost of Marion, Ill., as well as several nieces and nephews.