Jo-Ann Adams

January 27, 1931 ‒ December 30, 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Jo-Ann McNeil Adams, 88, lifetime residence of Mount Vernon passed away on Monday, December 30, 2019 at her home.  She was born on January 27, 1931 in Mount Vernon to the late John and Genevieve (Burgess) McNeil.

Jo-Ann loved to dance and roller skate.  In fact, she met the love of her life, Joe at the roller rink.  They were married for over 64 years.

Jo-Ann was a cheerleader at Mount Vernon High School from 1946 to 1948.  Also, a queen’s attendant for two years in a row. She worked 10 years at Sharmar and 31 years at Big Bear, Store #39, where she was the checker of the year in 1964.

Jo-Ann loved animals.  She also collected rocks on her travels with her husband.  She created a rock pond with her turtles and frog collection.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Sam Adams; and a grandson, Joe Sam Adams III.

Jo-Ann is survived by her two sons, Joe Sam (Deanna) Adams Jr. of Saint Louis, MO and Douglas Adams of Mount Vernon; dear friend, Tammy Adams of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Jennifer Adams, Jessica (Phil) Smith, Jackie (Kristen) Miller and Jonathan (Meaghan) Adams; 9 great grandchildren; a sister, Claudia Burgess; and two brothers, Jack and Chuck McNeil.

A family memorial will be held at Mount Vernon Memorial Gardens at a later date.

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  • Deeply sorry for the loss. Last time I got to see Aunt Jo-Ann and uncle Joe Sam was at Ambers wedding. I wish I had gotten to know her. Love always , Tammy Sue (Carol Jeans’s daughter)

  • Jess. Sorry for the passing of your grandma. She sounds like a great lady. I’m sure she will be missed. Tammy.

  • Joe and family, so sorry for your loss. As an old “west ender” I grew up knowing you, your parents, and even remember your grandmother’s neighborhood grocery store on the corner of West Vine and Fountain St. , and your dad racing stock cars at the old Knox Vernon Speedway out behind the radio station. My wife Diana worked at Big Bear with Jo Ann for over 20 years. Saying goodbye to our parents is a difficult thing to do, but I hope God will give you peace in knowing that your mom lived a full life.

  • I have memories of good times with Jo-Ann: at high school, football games, and the roller rink. She was a good friend. I am sorry I can’t be there to say good-bye.
    Ann Auskings

  • Joe, I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I’ve lost both my parents also. You have my deepest sympathy.
    Lou (VanWinkle) Baker

  • So sorry to hear about Jo-Ann’s passing. I visited her last year on a trip to Mt Vernon .
    There was a luncheon with a lot of ex-Big Bear employees. She didn’t make it so I stopped for a couple hours after the party. I loved and respected her and her opinions always helped me out. I was the Manager of the Bear when she the checker of the year in 1964. I always credited my success in part to all the great employees at Big Bear #39. Jo-Ann was one of the very best I ever had.

  • Tammy
    Your true love and commitment were evident to all. I am so sorry to learn of this impactful loss. You are in my prayers.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss fellows, our mothers are very special people. Doug and Joe,my friends,good people.