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Jo Frances Fagan

June 6, 1956April 13, 2021

Jo Fagan Holder, of Texarkana, died at her home on Tuesday, Arpil 13, 2021. She was born on June 6, 1956 in Texarkana, TX.

Jo grew up in the Eylau community and attended Liberty Eylau Schools. She was a talented pianist and taught piano for several years. She also was a dedicated registered nurse for much of her working life. She enjoyed gardening, reading, cooking and raising animals.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Helen Merrell and James Fagan. She is survived by her partner in life, Gary Holder of Texarkana, one daughter and son-in-law Genova and Kevin Hansen, of Texarkana, two sons and daughters-in-law Trey and Bonni Smith of Hooks and Matthew and Patricia Smith of Texarkana, one son Erich Bittorf of Texarkana, two sisters and brothers-in-law Jackie and Dennis Hughes of Texarkana and Lela and Joe Bruno of Las Vegas, NV, one brother Thomas Fagan of Texarkana, grandson, Edward Hansen; two granddaughters Taylor Smith and Isabel Smith, two nephews, Jesse Hughes of Benton, Ark and Jimmy Bruno of Las Vegas, NV and one great niece, Harper Hughes of Benton, Ark.


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Violet Neff-Helms

April 30, 2021

I recall vividly this red headed sprite. From first grade through high school, she was a ‘presence’. The theatre teacher recognized her acting ability, her music talent you well know. My heart is heavy because time waited for none of us and moments to share were too few and far between. My heart goes out to her family, and I know that we, her Eylau family, will speak of her for many years to we have breath.

Stephanie James

April 21, 2021

Sending heartfelt condolences to you all during this difficult time.
Jo was the kindest friend to many. her positivity and sweet sense of humor could lift your spirits immediately in a conversation. In high school, her sense of style was so care free, far ahead of our time.. Jo could pull off a feathered cowboy hat, fringed jeans, leather vest, and rolled sleeve shirt during August with such style and confidence...
Jo’s laughter would always draw you closer in as she had many good stories to share. She will be missed and remembered by her classmates dearly.
Rest In Peace and love sweet Jo.

Sue Stout Wormington

April 20, 2021

Jo and I spent so much time together. Playing records like Booker T and the MGs, riding horses, visiting with Biggie and Fairy who lived just next door. One day we went to George Thomas’s farm, saddled 2 horses and rode all day on the farm. Just the 2 of us. We had brought lunch and had a picnic by a creek. That was more than 50 years ago and I remember it like it was yesterday.
Jo went camping with my family and we had so much fun at Shady Lake. Swimming in the river and of course, chasing boys we met. RIP Jo Frances, you are missed.

Janice Terry

April 16, 2021

Jo & I used to play Credence Clearwater in her Dad's shop and sing to it....she was a very unique person.... lots of childhood memories....RIP Jo....❤️

Cindy Beaty Hamilton

April 15, 2021

Growing up with Jo and Jackie was the happiest times of my childhood. We would be roller skating or bowling every weekend. Aunt Honey gave us the “dreaded” perms together. We made red clay mud pies and almost got away with a joyride in Uncle James’ Apache truck. I cherish her memory and send much love to the family.