Jo Ann Morris Gretter

February 21, 1934April 7, 2019

Jo Ann Morris Gretter (Jo) was born at home in Danville, Kentucky to the late Thomas Dudley and Rebecca Jane Elliott Morris. Her family later moved to a farm in Anderson County, KY. As a young woman, Jo met Walker Voigt Gretter from Frankfort, KY at a dance. The two were married for 61 years, living the last 45 years of their marriage in Lexington, KY.

Jo worked as a bookkeeper and office manager for Carpenter Warren Insurance, and later worked for an auction company in Lexington. She was a talented gardener and often brought her flowers indoors, and crafted them into beautiful arrangements. She used her creative talents to make her home and yard beautiful places to live and to visit. She delighted her family with many delicious made-from-scratch meals, always trying new recipes. As a young woman, and again in her retirement years, she loved to play bridge, and was an avid life-long reader. She and Walker loved nature and loved to travel. Her favorite trip was to China where she delighted in seeing Giant Pandas. Jo and Walker also traveled extensively in Europe and the United States.

In addition to her parents, Jo was preceded in death by her husband; Walker, and by her siblings; Dudley Morris, Sarah Morris Riddle, Louise Morris Camic, and Garland Morris.

She is survived by her sister; Brenda Morris Crowley (Tom), her children; Marcia Gretter Bernard (Keith), Monica Gretter, and Morris Gretter (Maggie), her grandchildren; Jeremy Dawson (Lori), Grant Bernard, and Ross Bernard and her great grandchildren; Tanner and Carter Dawson, and by a special niece, Suzy Raider.

Jo lived with Alzheimer’s disease for almost a decade and spent the last eight years of her life near her daughter, Marcia, in North Carolina.

No public services are planned. Donations to Cure Alzheimer’s Fund in Jo’s honor will be appreciated.


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Jo Ann Morris Gretter

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