Joanne H. Moss
May 6, 1937 – February 12, 2021
Jody Moss was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, in May of 1937. Her family moved to Lake Charles, LA, were she grew up and met her first husband, Francis Battaglini. Jody and Fran had 4 children before Fran passed in 1966. After the loss of her husband, Jody put herself through college at McNeese University to become a teacher. She began her second-grade teaching career at Key Elementary School in Sulphur, LA.
As a teacher, she met Josephine Moss who introduced her to her second husband, Vincent Moss. They were married in 1973 and traveled all over the United States until Vincent passed in 1986.
Jody eventually followed her children to Houston, Texas, in the early 1990’s, where she continued her teaching career at Goodman Elementary in Aldine ISD.
We know Jody as a caring and social woman. She was very active in her church, book club, and P.E.O. She loved to travel and go on adventures with friends and family throughout the US and Europe. She was the matriarch of her family and loving friend to many.
She is survived by her brother and his wife, William & Gloria Henry; her children, John Battaglini, Mary & Mel Hollis, Mark & Charlotte Battaglini, and Matt & Pam Battaglini; her wonderful grandchildren, and many loving great-grandchildren.
Joanne H. Moss
February 22, 2021
I carry precious memories of our blended families... memories of our big amazing family gatherings for Thanksgiving together in Lake Charles. I was so grateful for Uncle Vincent and Aunt Jody's generosity (and courage!) to welcome us all at their house so that we could all stay connected as a family. I also remember when I first met Mary and Mark, we were ~8th-10th grade, and I had just gotten my driver's license. I came to visit and Aunt Jody encouraged me to take her car and take Mary and Mark to the movies (power steering... I didn't even know what that was!) My very first turn out of the driveway, wow, that car could turn on a dime, we nearly did a u-turn, and I was shaking while Mary and Mark were howling in the back seat! They howled the whole way to the movies in town; they had no idea I was shivering in me timbers to get them safely there and back! :) Ah, what beautiful happy family times. God bless dear Aunt Jody, Uncle Vincent, and all our family.
February 20, 2021
I would say a few of my fondest memories of Jodi (Grandma), would be:
She would take all the grandkids to the skating rink, and she would get out there and skate with us. Not one of my friends believed that my Grandmother could skate, but I sure was lucky to have her.
Then there was always that Ginger Bread house. We could not wait to tear into that. All the Grandchildren loved being able to eat all that candy. That house was always extravagant.
It may have been years since I have seen Jodi, however she has definitely left me with plenty of wonderful memories.
February 20, 2021
I had the pleasure of knowing Jody through book club and PEO.
She was always such a gracious lady and such a pleasure to be around. I would have loved to have known her in her younger days, it is obvious that she enjoyed life to the fullest. She will certainly be missed and I feel blessed to have known her.
February 20, 2021
One of the very first times I recall meeting Aunt Jodi (unless I'm dreaming on the location) was at 1631 Hodges, where there was an evening party to introduce us all. As a young green teen, I didn't quite get why grown ups, Vincent and Jodi in particular, were smiling so much. Then, the furniture in the front room gets hip-bumped to the walls and music comes from who-knows-where, and Jodi and Vincent were fox-trotting across the floor. I remember wondering... Where had they learned that!? Had some kids taught them, since they moved like young kids? That night was an introduction to both of their vibrant and loving characters, just the prelude to a wonderful string of family get-togethers they so kindly and generously hosted. Jodi's kind, cheerful and graceful way of adjusting to any bumps, grew us all into a broader and wiser and more loving family.
February 19, 2021
Jodi married my dad and they spent 13 wonderful years together, some of the happiest days of his life. Happy days for his 5 children as well because she was so good at merging the families together. So many kids, uncounted cousins, nieces, nephews and friends but that did not slow us down when it came to get togethers and she made them all better. Unfortunately due to health, covid-19 and weather we were unable to "pass some good times" with you during these last months and days but or fond memories will always remain. Rest in Peace and give a hug to dad.
February 18, 2021
Jody was always a joy to be around! She welcomed us "outlaws" often in her home for special Thanksgiving celebrations that were always filled with good food and better fellowship. She was a delight to have on our joint-family adventures to the Rocky mountains and much loved. We are so sorry for your family's loss! Loretta & Cliff
Karen and Dave Amy
February 14, 2021
This photo is dated 1972. It reminds us of the many years of memories we shared with Aunt Jody and family. Aunt Jody always welcomed us with her southern hospitality and warm embraces. She was adventurous taking us rafting or cave exploring, crafty making all the little girls matching t-shirts and Making sure we were one big happy family from the north and south.
You are loved and will be missed.