Edna Jo Chapman

June 14, 1925January 11, 2021

Edna Jo Chapman of Dallas passed away peacefully on January 11, 2021, after a long and well lived life. Our beloved “Jojo” was born the youngest of seven children to Ira L. and Willie T. Allen on June 14, 1925. Her family attended the First Baptist Church in Garland, Texas, where she was baptized in 1937. Known to her friends as “Bo”, she attended Garland High School and graduated from North Texas State Teachers College (now the University of North Texas) in 1947, where she was vice president of her class. On May 22, 1948, she married Patton Gayle Chapman. She is survived by their two sons - Patton Chastain Chapman (wife Carol) and Bret Allen Chapman (wife Alison), five grandchildren – Kate Huey (husband Neel), Pete Chapman (wife Elizabeth), Carson Chapman, Rebecca Chapman and Samuel Chapman, and six great grandchildren – Patton, May Marie, Luke, Parker, Bailey and Jack. She is preceded in death by siblings Chloe Monroe, Bessie Lou Tucker, Ray Allen, Tinsley Allen, Jeanne Holley, and Ira Dell Jacobsen, as well as her mother, father, and husband.

Throughout her 95 years, Jojo had the gift of a sharp mind, a quick wit, and great wisdom. Family was paramount in her life and she devoted herself to those around her. She was an avid reader, poem writer, and puzzle player. With the greenest of thumbs, she loved visits on her porch surrounded by her beautiful flowers and garden. She was blessed with a teacher’s heart – the time, love, and fun she gave to her grandchildren is immeasurable.

Jo also leaves behind the many dear friends she made at St. Michael’s School in Dallas, where she was on staff for 19 years. To her dear Lily, a friend and support for countless years, you are so loved. In addition, we extend a sincere thank you to the staff at C.C. Young for caring for her so well. She was quite simply the best mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother any of us could have ever hoped for. Her faith was unwavering and there is great comfort knowing she is resting in the arms of her Lord.

Due to restrictions related to COVID-19, there will be a private graveside service for the immediate family on January 14, 2021, at Sparkman Hillcrest.


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Lesley Clover-Brown

January 14, 2021

Bret - thinking of you and your family. I remember meeting your mom many, many moons ago! She was a lovely lady who I’m sure will be truly missed.

true spencer

January 13, 2021

My Aunt Bo was one of the most important people in my life. When I was a child I admired her and wanted to be like her. I will miss my Valentine card from her as well as my St Patricks Day card and my Easter card and my Birthday card and other thoughtful messages. I will miss having lunch with her when I brought her cheeseburgers from Kellers . Someone once said to me "your Aunt Bo has the gift of unpretentious class." How true. I will remember her caring for others, her intelligence, her impeccable manners and her undaunted spirit for as long as I live.

Willis and Dixie Monroe

January 13, 2021

Patton and Bret you know how much we loved Bo, she was a wonderful aunt to each of us, never forgetting a birthday or special occasion! She was a great card sender and especially to Marchelle this last year! We had many long visits on the phone and they will truly be missed! You were blessed to have her for your Mom and she could tell wonderful stories about those grandkids and great grands! She will be missed but what a legacy she left! We love you'll, hold on to each other and keep your eyes on Jesus! Willis and Dixie

Donna McNery

January 13, 2021

Bo was all you cited in your lovely obituary, but she was also such a dear, wonderful Aunt to me and to all of her nieces and nephews. She lived her life out of such a generous, kind, and witty spirit, and as the matriarch of the Allen family who continued to live in the Garland area/Dallas, she always showed interest, kindness, and love to the entire Allen family. I loved her and I will miss her. She was blessed in so many ways, especially blessed to have her sons and their families who always took excellent, loving care of her. She truly delighted in each of you. She was loved well by many! Donna Jacobsen McNery