Jo Ann Avants passed away on April 20, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas, at the age of 88. A service for relatives and friends will be held in the Fort Worth area at Bluebonnet Hills Funeral Home, Colleyvillle, Texas, on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 12:30 p.m., with family visitation that day from 8-1 a.m. Interment will be in Big Spring, Texas, with a graveside service for friends at Trinity Memorial Park cemetery on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at 2 p.m.
Jo Ann raised her family in Big Spring, Texas, and lived there 51 years, from 1958 to 2009, but had moved to Fort Worth in recent years to be closer to family. Jo Ann was born Feb. 3, 1924, in Grandfield, Okla., to Ezra Otus Parker and Lorena Mae (Lola) Riddle Parker. She grew up in Arp, Texas. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Bradbury, in 1974, and by her husband, Warnell Avants, in 1997.
Jo Ann was a member of First Baptist Church since 1958. She taught first grade Sunday school for many years. She often provided meals or rides for others in need. She enjoyed bridge clubs, playing 88, 42, and Joker, and she enjoyed traveling, including trailer trips and the trailer club.
Jo Ann is survived by three children, eight grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. These include her son, Gary Bradbury and his wife Chris, of Boerne, Texas; daughter Sherry Purdom and her husband Louie, of Hurst, Texas; and son Robert Bradbury and his wife Joy, of Houston. Grandchildren include Clint Bradbury, Cory St. Aubin, Lisa Bruneau, Tim Bruneau, Kasey Anderson, Kelly Purdom, Lisa Bradbury and Kevin Bradbury. Great-grandchildren include Andrew Strowd, Amanda Bradbury, Whitney St. Aubin, Dalton St. Aubin, Barret Bruneau, Landry Anderson and Reese Anderson.