Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

April 5, 2013

Jo Ann Stevenson Wilson

The Journal Express

---- — 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.

She also leaves behind her closest friends, Roy and Mary Hoing, as well as one of her oldest friends from Monroe, Harold Beyer and his wife, and a host of other close friends from Hunter House in Ingram, Texas, and the Lake House in Kerrville, Texas. Our family wants to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of the doctors, nurses and staff at Alpine Nursing Home in Kerrville for taking care of and loving our wife, mom and grandma as much as we did.

At her request, there will be no funeral or calling hours. Being the giving person she was, her final gift was bestowing her body to the University of Texas at San Antonio in the hopes that medical students could learn as she encouraged her children and grandchildren to always learn.

Condolence cards may be sent to Dean Wilson at 501 Loyal Valley, Kerrville, Texas, 78028. In Jo Ann’s honor, please be sure to spend quality time with the ones you love the most, as she had done her entire life!

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