Emily “Jo” Dever

November 04, 1936 ‒ September 01, 2016

Delaware, Ohio

Emily Josephine “Jo” Dever, age 79 of Delaware passed away Thursday, September 1, 2016 at home surrounded by her family.

She was born on November 4, 1936 in Russell County, Virginia to the late Newton and Mary (Lucas) Bailey.  At the age of 19, Jo moved to Delaware. She met Glen Dever on a blind date and they were married March 3, 1958. Together they made a home, raised their family and shared 58 wonderful years.

Until retiring, she had worked 26 years at Ranco in both Delaware and Plain City. Over the years she also worked at the Delaware Country Club, LK Restaurant, the US Store, and earned the nick name “Playground Lady” at Woodward Elementary School.

A woman of deep and abiding faith, she was an active member of the Delaware Church of Christ in Christian Union, where she also had served as head of their Food Pantry.  Jo was a former member of the Delaware Church of the Nazarene.

With many interests she enjoyed; reading, knitting, crocheting, golf, tennis, gardening, and even fishing. A wonderful cook, her fried chicken will long be remembered.

She was the true rock of her family, which centered on love, faith, and compassion. A collector of memories, Jo was at her best when surrounded by both her immediate and extended family, she was a true treasure.

Jo is survived by those whom she loved the most, her husband Glen, children: Sharon (James) Wiggins, Debbie Dever, Susan (Gary) DeChellis, Michel “Chip” Dever, Glen “Marty” (Malkia) Dever, grandchildren: Justin, Emily, Heath, Jon, Jennifer, Victoria, great-grandchildren: Charlie and Janet, siblings: Lutie Steffey, William (Margaret) Bailey, Donald Bailey, Evelyn (Glenn) Crotty, Dean (Doris) Bailey, Jim Bailey, Ada (Les) Bryant, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was also preceded in death by Robert, Hargis, Ollie Bailey, Margaret Hurd, and Sally Steffey.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Delaware Church of Christ in Christian Union, 162 Belle Ave., Delaware, where funeral services will follow 10:00 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Bill Benner officiating. Burial will then take place at Oak Grove Cemetery. To be followed by a luncheon in the Community Room of Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleside Dr., Delaware who have been entrusted with her arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that you make memorial contributions in Jo’s name to the Delaware Church of Christ in Christian Union.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com

  • Jo was a wonderful lady and will truly be missed! I will miss seeing her in church but I know she is in a much better place than we can imagine. Our deepest sympathies go to you all : Glen, Chip, Debbie and family. We love you and are praying for you all.