Jo Anne Ameel

December 5, 1935June 19, 2011

Jo Anne McCaffrey Ameel, 75, of Midland, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2011. She was born on December 5, 1935, to Jim and Frances McCaffrey, the 4th born of 17 children. Jo Anne attended Holy Trinity Grade School and Ursuline Academy High School in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas. She has been a member of St Ann’s Catholic Church in Midland since 1965. After raising her children, she continued witnessing her faith in many services such as the St Vincent DePaul Society, the Altar Society, and The Cana Committee coordinating wedding receptions, as a Catechist preparing children for the Sacrament of Confirmation and with her husband, Jim, preparing couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony. Jo Anne was loved and esteemed by all. We have happy memories of her vivacious expressiveness. Her prayer life was very deep and she spread the joy of her faith with love. Jo Anne is preceded in death by her beloved son Brian, parents; Jim and Francis McCaffrey, sister Eileen, and brothers Tommy, Robert, and Donny. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jim Ameel; son, Christopher Ameel and wife Lisa, granddaughter, Alexandra, daughter, Suzanne Leggett, grandchildren, Emily, Ryan and Annie Rose, daughter, Elizabeth Morrow, grandchildren, Abby, Luke and Elias, brother-in-law, Joseph Ameel and wife Betty. She is also survived by brothers, James , Patrick and John Skip McCaffrey and wife Genevieve, Michael McCaffrey and Philip McCaffrey, by sisters, Ursula Heuiser and husband Charles, Angela Notzon and husband Al, Margaret Cosbey and husband Bill, Christine Griffin and husband Mike, also by 22 nieces and nephews, 45 great nieces and nephews. In her memory donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society (1906 W. Texas Ave, Midland, Texas 79701) and Midland/Odessa Area AIDS Support (800 W. Texas Ave, Midland, Texas). A Rosary Service will be held at Ellis Funeral Home on Monday, June 20 at 7:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 21 at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Central Texas State Veterans’ Cemetery, in Killeen, Texas on June 24, 2011 at 2:00 PM.


  • Rosary Service Monday, June 20, 2011
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 21, 2011

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Rick Reed

June 29, 2011

Jim, We are sincerely sorry for your loss. We will always remember Jo Anne's wonderful smile and her positive attitude about life and her contagious laugh. We know you will miss her a lot along with her extended family. God be with you on your future journey without her. Rick Reed and family including my brothers.

June 29, 2011

Mrs. Ameel had the most beautiful smile and expressive eyes. She was a friend of my mom's from way back. My mom was Reyes Rangel. She was a blessing at every encounter I had with her. Terri Padilla

Roxanne Downing

June 28, 2011

Jim, We are so very sorry for the loss of your dear wife and best friend, Jo Anne. I have so many fond memories of this beautiful, christian woman. Our prayers are with you and the family. God Bless. Love, Roxanne & John Downing

Jim and Maxine Oesterling

June 26, 2011

Dear Angela, Jim and I are so very sorry for your loss. Please accept our sincerest sympathy. With our deepest affection, The Oesterlings

Eric Sims

June 24, 2011

I am deeply sorry for your loss. Mrs Ameel was my 4th grade CCD teacher at St Anns. What an excellent example to have as a teacher of religion. She lived her beliefs. I am a better person for having known her and having her in my life.

Delia McGowan

June 23, 2011

Jim, I am so sad to hear about Jo Anne,I am blessed to have had her as my friend. Our prayers are with you and your family. Jo Anne was like my guardian Angel and you know how much you two helped me and my family , she never let me down and always guided me and I am a better person because of her . I will never forget her or her kindness God bless you. Delia, Larry McGowan and family

June 22, 2011

Dear Jim, Chris, Suzanne, and Elizabeth, Please accept Irina and my's condolences at Jo Annes' passing on to Christ's loving arms. We continue to hold you all in prayer as you grieve. Jo Anne's faith in Christ was like the west Texss sun, shinning brightly down on all and giving warmth, light and joy. My life and faith are stronger due to your mother's! Again, we grieve with you all. John 6:47-58 and 1 Thess. 4:13-18. " For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus..." Kyle Ford

Lucie Valles

June 21, 2011

Dear Jim~

I was so saddened to hear of this sweet ladies passing to eternal life. Im sure she is smiling from ear to ear with her son! May God bring you peace during this difficult time.

June 21, 2011

Dearest Ameel Family there are no words to express my deep sorrow for your loss and mine she was Angel on earth for me , she loved her children so much and Grandchildren , all of you were her light in faith and love. The last three months i had to spend with her changed a big part of me that will be everlasting she will never be forgotten in my Heart and Memory.She was someone that you became immediate friends with.She had a gift of deep love and respect for our Lord Jesus Christ, and as for her husband Jim was a even greater love.

Lucy Ramos