Jo Anne King

April 3, 1932March 17, 2013

Jo Anne King, 80, passed away peacefully early on Sunday morning, March 17, 2013, in Houston, Texas. She was born on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1932 to A. T. Browne and Manila “Nell” Stafford. As a much loved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, family was always important to Jo Anne especially weekly Sunday dinners with the family at home. She loved traveling, visiting with family and learning new things. She traveled the world exploring multiple countries on every continent except Antarctica. She was very artistic – enjoyed painting ceramics and designing stained glass for her husband, Lowell, to make. Giving and sharing her creations with others brought her immense joy. Jo Anne loved nature and recognized and knew the names of all the wildflowers, trees and birds. Jo Anne retired with over 30 years of service as a first grade teacher in Spring Branch ISD with most of her years of service at Woodview Elementary. Ever the first grade teacher, she worked with first graders in Sunday School at First Baptist Spring Branch, Girls in Action at Tallowood Baptist Church and through Big A clubs at West End. She served in the Northwest Harris County Retired Teachers Association as President and initiated a program to put books in the hands of elementary students. Jo Anne also faithfully volunteered on the Food Service Committee at Tallowood. She always desired to be active and helpful to others.

She is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Lowell King, daughters, Karen and her husband, Perry Harrell, Mary Nell and her husband, Pete Brastrom, and Kathleen and her husband, Loren Smith. Also surviving are six grandchildren: Elissa and her husband, Philip Boedeker, Mallory Harrell, Paul and Kyle Brastrom, Collin and Trent Smith and one great-grandchild, Parker Boedeker. Jo Anne is also survived by her sister, Gwen Wilkins, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jo Anne graduated with a Bachelors and a Masters of Education from Louisiana State University. She was a Freshman Queen at LSU and swam backstroke on the swim team and participated in synchronized swimming. She received numerous awards through her service as an educator. She was a Phi Mu at LSU and a member of ADK teaching sorority.

We appreciate all the support and kindness during this difficult time. We know that Mom is in a better place with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Donations may be made in Jo Anne’s memory to Tallowood Baptist Church.


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 19, 2013
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 20, 2013

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March 21, 2013

Dear Ken and family, My condolences on the passing of your Aunt. In this sad time, know also that we celebrate her rebirth into Everlasting Life in the presence of God. Peace - Joseph and Sharon White

March 20, 2013

Dear King Family,
I remember Jo Anne so fondly when I came to teach at Woodview in 1990. She had a very large class of first graders, but whenever you went into the classroom, she was very patient and loving to the children. The atmosphere she created was so welcoming to the children.
Please know that I am thinking about your family at this time.
Deborah Webne

March 20, 2013

Karen, I am so saddened by the news of your mother's passing. I hope your Delta Kappa Gamma sisters can be of some comfort to you. Please call on me if you need anything at all.

March 20, 2013

Dear Lowell and family. Although we are separated by miles, our hearts are with you. We were so fortunate to have know JO Anne for so many years. Only God knows how many lives she touched over the years.
Larry and Judy Gallip

Donna Ireland Kimbler

March 19, 2013

My heart aches.... she was certainly a special woman in my life and in the lives of many neighborhood kids as well as many SBISD school children. She touched many lives and will never be forgotten as Ms. JoAnne! My love and my Mother's love go out to Mr. Lowell, Karen, Mary Nell, and Kathleen and all their families... hugs...

March 19, 2013

My condolences to the family of Ms. Jo Anne King. May the GOD of all comfort provide you with whatever is needed so you can cope with your great loss. Also there will be a end to all causes of death and the heartaches it brings.

Baylor University Department of Biology

March 19, 2013

Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

Doris Gage

March 19, 2013

Dear King Family,
I am so sorry to hear about JoAnn. She was a dear friend and she will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to all of you. I wish I could be in Houston for the memorial service. Meanwhile, all my love to Lowell and all you kids. We have lots of happy memories of Springwood Forest and JoAnn was always right in the middle of em. Thinking about all of you.
Love, Doris Gage

Doreen Salazar

March 19, 2013

To Mary Nell, Pete & family: so sorry to hear...Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. To Mr. King and family of Ms. Jo Anne, time will make it easier, memories will keep her close. God Bless. The Salazar's.

D&G Hinds

March 19, 2013

Sorry for your loss....
Denyce & George