Thursday, April 1, 2010

Jo Ann Justus, 76, of Bella Vista, Ark., passed away Wednesday, March 24, 2010, in Northwest Medical Center, Bentonville, Ark.

She was born Dec. 25, 1933, in Exeter, the daughter of Hugh Edward and Laura Mae (Cagle) Walker. On March 27, 1953, in Tahlequah, Okla., she was united in marriage to Edward Justus, who preceded her in death on Dec. 5, 1992. Also preceding her in death were her parents; one son, Jim Justus; and one brother, Mike Walker.

Survivors include: one daughter, Jane Rader and her husband, Dave, of Cassville; one son, John Justus and his fiancÚ, Sandra Long, of Exeter; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

She received her education in Oklahoma, graduating from Muskogee High School. She received her bachelor's degree in education at Northeast Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah, Okla. In 1965, she moved back to Missouri and taught school at Cassville R-IV several years.

Funeral services were held Friday in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. Reverend Lisa Schroeder conducted the services. Graveside services were at 2 p.m. Friday in Tahlequah City Cemetery, Tahlequah, Okla.

Contributions may be made to American Heart Association in her memory.

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