Edwards Funeral Home

201 North 12th Street, Fort Smith, AR


Jo Ann Owens

3 May, 194216 January, 2020
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Jo Ann Owens, 77, of Fort Smith passed from this life January 16, 2020 in Fort Smith. She was born May 3, 1942, in Fort Smith, to the late Joe and Beulah Hughes Prescott. In her younger years, Jo worked as a beautician, then went on to manage, and later retire from St. John’s Community Center. After the passing of her late husband, Tom, Jo enjoyed traveling with friends. Jo was charitable with her time for family and friends. She was touching lives until the time of her death.

Jo is survived by her son, David Owens and his wife Kristi; one sister, Lou Ellen Henry of Fort Smith; three grandchildren, Ethan Owens and Hannah Owens, both of Fort Smith, and Cari Dato of San Antonio, Texas; as well as nine great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Janie Brouwer; two sisters, Juanita Robertson and Melba Watkins; and a brother, James Edward Prescott.

Funeral services will be 10:00am Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at Edwards Funeral Home Chapel. The family will greet friends from 5:00 to 7:00pm Monday January 20, 2020 at Edwards Funeral Home. Private interment at Woodlawn Memorial Park will be at a later time. Services are under the direction of Edwards Funeral Home.

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  • Visitation Monday, 20 January , 2020
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, 21 January , 2020


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Pamela Rainwater

January 25, 2020

Jo Ann was my sweet friend. We shared many laughs and good conversations together. The last time I went to see her I brought her a frappe from McDonald's but when I got to her room she was sleeping so soundly I didn't have the heart to wake her so I just left figuring I'd be back to see her again soon, but there not a next time or well yes there will actually be a next time but not in this earth. She had the greatest "hello" on the phone. I always loved to hear her say "Hello" it was the most cheery hello I've ever heard. I will look forward to her "hello" when I see her in heaven. My prayers with family during this time. I just now found out today that she had passed. I'm sad, but happy for Jo Ann in her new body. I will miss you my sweet friend.

Michelle (Hixon) Patterson

January 20, 2020

I will always remember Mrs. Owens being so kind to me and how beautiful her smile was that reached her eyes.
Being Janie’s best friend growing up, I saw and visited the Owens family many times and they always made me feel welcome.
I'm so sorry for your loss David, sending prayers to you and your family.

Joyce Newton

January 19, 2020

So sad to read about your Mother, David. I recall her shopping at Kmart on Zero Street so many years, long before you started working there. May God give you & your family the comfort that only He can give!!

Joyce Newton, Pocola, Oklahoma

Carrie Vance

January 18, 2020

Jo Ann was truly one of the most beautiful women I have ever met, inside and outside. Her smile and grace have touched me forever.

Crystal Melton

January 18, 2020

Jo was a very special woman and one that I was blessed to know. I will miss her greatly. Thanks to all her family for sharing her with us at Fianna Hills!

Betty Binam

January 18, 2020

Jo Ann always had the sweetest smile, and I don't think she ever got angry. We were so blessed that someone who was such a loving mother lived right next door and babysit the girls when they were babies. Wonderful memories of all of you. So sorry for your loss.

Rebecca Rainwater

January 17, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss. I miss the days when Jo Ann and I use to sing together. Some of my favorite memories. She was a special lady. May God grant you peace.