OBITUARY

Joann "Jo Mama" Blount

January 14, 1936July 3, 2019
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Jo Ann "Jomama" Bray Blount, age 83, entered into rest on July 3, 2019 in Pflugerville, TX. She was born on January 14, 1936 in Dallas, Texas to F.J. and Evelyn Bray. Jo was raised in Pleasant Grove, Texas and graduated from Pleasant Grove High School in 1954. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from East Texas State Teachers College and a Master's degree in Education from Texas Wesleyan University.

She married James Harold Blount in 1955 and the couple had 3 daughters; Jaydene, Jill and Jamie. She was a passionate educator at East Dallas Community Montessori School, numerous campuses in Dallas ISD and at El Centro Community College.

Jo was very committed to her faith and was a proud member of First United Methodist Church of Dallas where she was actively engaged in many church functions including choir, hand bells, United Methodist Women, Sunday School, and serving on various boards. She also served as a Diaconal Minister in Dallas area Methodist Churches. She was a member of Toastmasters International, and American Association of University Women.

Her family and friends will always remember her as an advocate for total equality, inclusion and acceptance of ALL people and as a brilliant mathematician, an avid crossword puzzle solver and a stickler for correct grammar.

She is preceded in death by her parents F.J and Evelyn Bray; her brother Charles Thomas Bray; and her daughter Jaydene Alta Blount.

She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 64 years, James Blount, her daughters Jill and husband Denis Feary of Austin, Texas, and Jamie and husband David Fickey of Round Rock, Texas, her grandchildren Angie Payne, Jahliese Blount, Scott and J'Nell Fickey, two great-grandsons and many other family members.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to FUMC Dallas Music Ministries.

Visitation will take place on the evening of Tuesday, July 9, 2019 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Grove Hill Funeral Home located at 3920 Samuell Blvd Dallas, Texas 75228. A Celebration of Life will take place the afternoon of Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at 2:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church of Dallas located at 1928 Ross Avenue Dallas, Texas 75201.

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, July 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 10, 2019

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Lori Murphy

July 9, 2019

Growing up in our neighborhood was a special place. We were "family." Jo was the last of the wonderful Mother's to pass, who raised all of us and always showed us discipline, friendship, kindness but most of all LOVE. All of us kids "on the block" are very fortunate to have experienced a childhood as we did growing up. We have cherished memories to last a lifetime. May God Bless the family and give them peace and know she is smiling down upon us. Now, all of the Mother's can talk again and have a cup of coffee.

J’Nell Goodman

July 8, 2019

My other Mother. Loved her so much! She impacted my life in such a positive way. She was and always will be a treasured memory growing up. She had her hands full with all the girls in the neighborhood. Such a kind and patient lady. She was amazing to say the least. I can still hear her infectious laugh. Love and prayers to the family. 🙏🏻❤️

Barbara H. Terry9

July 8, 2019

I have found memories of Jo (Jomama) Blount: Teaching, First Church, rearing granddaughters Jahliese and Crystal together, years of Music Camp, youth choir, going to the museum together, mission of equality, crossword puzzles, eating out, and I could go on and on. If one ever needed a pair of scissors, she had a pair in her purse. This would be a better world if we had more Jo Blounts. Her passing leaves a big void in our hearts. She will be greatly missed. My love to each of you.
Barbara Terry


Nathaniel Shell

July 8, 2019

I met Jo at church 30 years ago and soon was drawn into her family. For years we shared Sunday lunch together like any other family but this matriarch was like none other, her family came from all walks of life, lgbt like me and people that didn’t look like her or believed like her she, saw no difference, just saw folks that needed some loving and she passed it out like a Las Vegas dealer. What a woman, she was a collector of people and her table never ran out of chairs nor was her door ever closed. So many conversations and so many laughs were had between us. Anything happening in her family was proudly shared with me because to her I was just another one of her kids and I was proud to be one of those that called her Jomamma! I will mis her but the world is a better place because she walked on it. What a gift she was to us all and I thank God for putting Jo in my life.

Nancy Love

July 7, 2019

Jo was a very special person. She was loving, inclusive, generous, loyal, and persistent in following her beliefs. Caring for all those around her, she made friends wherever she went, remembering dates and details that mattered to those she loved. Her death will leave a hugh gap in the lives of the many of us priveledged to know her. I’m sure she rests easy, realizing how very well her girls follow her excellent example of living a good life.

Chris Caffey

July 5, 2019

I worked with Jamie for a while. Jo Mama would come and have lunch with us sometimes. I was always in awe of how she loved anyone if they were Jamie's friend. She always asked me about my mother who is now 88. You could just tell that she was a sweet soul and that she loved her children very much. I know that she will be sorely missed.

Gypsy Rajmani

July 5, 2019

Makai and I would go to the Drum Circle @ Across the street Bar every Wednesday Makai would first thing go running in looking for his Grandma (his name for her) she would always give Makai a stick of gum a hug and ah kiss on the cheek, in his little world of no relatives, he really lived for that. Vaya con Dios JoMama, we will never forget your love ❤🙏❤

Becky and Dave Kuczaj

July 3, 2019

We will always remember JoMama for her roaring laugh and the love she had for her family. Wish we could be with you all to help you celebrate her life. Sending love and prayers to you all.

Mike Holloway

July 3, 2019

Jo was a rock for justice. She inspired me with her persistent kindness. She loved telling me about the recent exploits of Jill and Jamie, and I loved hearing about them. She was a proud Mom. I had occasion to give her a ride to Bridgeport once, and picked her brain on all things First Church. A class act, through and through. She made her mark.
I am sad Susan and I cannot attend the service, as we have prepaid vacation plans out of State. Our hearts go out to the entire family.

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