OBITUARY

Jo Ellen (Childs) Dunlap

September 29, 1959March 26, 2018

Jo Ellen Childs Dunlap passed away Monday, March 26, 2018 at her residence. Memorial service will be 4:00 PM, Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the First Baptist Church in Marlin, Texas with the Reverend Adam Chaney officiating.

Mrs. Dunlap was born on September 29, 1959 in Amarillo, TX to Jack and Mary Childs. Her family lived in Amarillo, Anchorage, AK; and Sumter, SC before moving to Marlin, TX in 1970. Jo Ellen married Ben Dunlap on July 12, 1980.

Jo Ellen Dunlap would tell you that being a mom was her biggest dream and she was a wonderful mom to their three kids! Being a grandma was also a highlight of her life.

Jo learned to read before she started school, and that love of learning continued throughout her life. She received a degree in education from Baylor; a MS in educational administration and a counseling certification from Tarleton. She taught elementary in Chilton ISD, Mart ISD, Riesel ISD, Rangely Schools and Baylor Piper CDC prior to becoming school counselor at Riesel ISD where she retired in 2015.

Her hobbies included meeting strangers, cooking, loving big, a good bath, talking to babies, cheering on her kids, making people laugh, conversations with her husband, traveling with her girlfriends, rooting for the underdog, and watching the sunset from her porch. Jo Ellen Dunlap was diagnosed with stage IV Melanoma in July 2016 and this chapter is perhaps her greatest testimony. God continued to use her to touch the lives of people around her through her faith and humor. Her healthcare providers', friends', and families' faith was strengthened by her amazing spirit through this time. Jo Ellen is preceded in death by her father, Jack Childs, and father-in-law, John Dunlap. She is survived by her husband, Ben Dunlap; her mother Mary Childs; her daughter Mindy Morgan and husband Jeremy; her son Wesley Dunlap; her daughter Ashton Goebel and husband Grant; her grandchildren Camryn and Clinton Morgan; and mother-in-law Jean Dunlap. She is also survived by her siblings, Al and Bev Childs, Jackie and Scott Brown, David and Karen Gillum, Nancy and Greg Traylor, Amy and Pokey Swinnea, and Kathy and Gayland Downes. She is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends who felt like family.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Dunlap Unsung Hero account at any Texas First State Bank.

  • FAMILY

  • Jo Ellen is preceded in death by her father, Jack Childs, and father-in-law, John Dunlap. She is survived by her husband, Ben Dunlap; her mother Mary Childs; her daughter Mindy Morgan and husband Jeremy; her son Wesley Dunlap; her daughter Ashton Goebel and husband Grant; her grandchildren Camryn and Clinton Morgan; and mother-in-law Jean Dunlap. She is also survived by her siblings, Al and Bev Childs, Jackie and Scott Brown, David and Karen Gillum, Nancy and Greg Traylor, Amy and Pokey Swinnea, and Kathy and Gayland Downes. She is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends who felt like family.
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  • Dunlap Unsung Hero

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, March 28, 2018
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Emma Brown-Roby

April 10, 2018

First of all, I would like to send my condolences to Jo Ellan's family and friends. I am sorry for your lose. Jo Ellen and I graduated from Marlin high school in 1978.

Sincerely,

Emma Roby

John Mark Geldmeier

March 28, 2018

Jo Ellen Dunlap had a beautiful spirit, and with her uncommonly dry humor and wit, exuded a caring attitude and great compassion for all whose lives she touched, especially those she worked with, both student and colleague. My son, Aaron, and I both are indebted to her during our years at Riesel, my teaching there and his learning at Riesel Schools, as she was a counselor both at Foster and later at Riesel High. Her friendly smile, and her gracious and personable character will be sorely missed.

janet blair

March 28, 2018

Jo left this world a much better place while she was here on earth. She touched so many lives with her loving presence, quick wit, and giving spirit to all who had the good fortune to know her. I know our family have felt blessed to have special memories with Ben and Jo and there sweet family over these many years. She left too soon but how her light made a difference while here. May the great comforter be with you all at this time and in the days to come. Love Eddie, Jan & Brian

Michele King-Doud

March 27, 2018

Jo Ellen was my childhood best friend. She and I had many memories from church, school, and sleepovers! She loved the Lord and knew how to be a true friend. I cannot remember my childhood without thinking of her. I will see you in Heaven!

Laurie Connally

March 27, 2018

I was new to Riesel ISD and so was my daughter. We lived in Mart at the time big time rivals and Jo Ellen made us both feel welcome by her smiles, conversations and friendship. She always had a way of making a rough day at work 10x better. She was a ray of sunshine and will truly be missed by many because she never met a stranger. Our prayers are with the family and friends during this time. Until we meet again...

Rodney Gillen-Hall

March 27, 2018

Always a smile. And has never met a stranger. She was full of love and would help you with anything. God got a special Angel. Prayers for her family in this time and always.

FROM THE FAMILY