Mary Joan Neighbarger
April 02, 1928 ‒ August 24, 2014
Mount Vernon, Ohio
Mary Joan “Jo Jo” Neighbarger, age 86, of Kingsview Drive, Howard, Ohio, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, August 24, 2014 at the Emeritus at HillenVale surrounded by her loving family. She was born on April 2, 1928 in Mount Vernon, Ohio to the late Charles and Anna (Kreps) Ansel. Jo was a 1946 graduate of Mount Vernon High School and on August 27, 1948 she married the love of her life Richard E. Neighbarger.
Jo was employed 19 years as an educational aid for Mount Vernon City Schools and upon returning to Mount Vernon in 2000 she served as a volunteer. She was a member of the Gay Street United Methodist Church where she belonged to the Women’s Circle. Jo was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter #236 and served as an advisor for the Rainbow Girls, Rebekah Lodge #6 IOOF and played an active role with the Mount Vernon Yellow Jacket Boosters Club. She served many years as a Den Mother and Girl Scout leader for her children.
Jo will be remembered as a loving and compassionate wife and mother. She always had a smile on her face and words of encouragement for family and friends. Jo was a cook and seamstress and took great pride in making suits and dresses for her family. Most importantly to Jo was her personal walk with God. She was in continuous service to her Lord and others.
She is survived by her children, R. Thomas (L. Diane) Neighbarger of Cortland, Ohio, Annette Marie “Netter” Neighbarger of Howard, Dan A. (Barbi J.) Neighbarger of Howard, four grandchildren, Heather (Sonny) Kerstiens, Amber (Brian) Bierkortte, Heidi (Michael) Armetta and Stephen (Kristen McGlothin) Neighbarger, three great grandchildren, Jackson Kerstiens, Ethan Armetta, Owen Armetta many nieces and nephews and extended family and friends.
Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, a son, Frederick Herbert Neighbarger, two brothers, Art Ansel and Alan Ansel and a sister, Jean Neighbarger.
Friends may call on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service will be held on Friday at 10 a.m. Rev. Denise Marikis will be officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Jo Jo’s name may be made to the American Heart Association.
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