JoAnna Lynn "JoJo" Thomas, 46, of Grinnell died July 31, 2014, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the First Friends Church in Grinnell with Pastors Todd Follette, Walt Claussen, and John Claussen officiating. Burial was in Our Silent City Cemetery in Kellogg. Memorial contributions may be directed to the JoAnna Lynn Thomas Memorial Fund.
JoJo was born Nov. 27, 1967, in Grinnell, the daughter of Larry and Marjorie Winchell Thomas. She was raised in Killduff and attended Christian Opportunity Center in Pella, Future Inc. in Newton, and Pleasant Hill Development Center in Marshalltown. She moved to Newton in 1984. She has been a resident at the Grinnell Health Care Center for the last several years.
JoJo loved listening to gospel and country music, watching cartoons and animated movies, and playing with "noisy" toys. Her favorite snacks were Cheetos and M&M's, and she loved drinking Coke. She liked flowers, flipping through magazines, and her dog, Raynee.
Those left to honor JoAnna's memory include her parents, Larry and Marjorie Thomas of Killduff; two sisters, Julie (Gary) Dodds and Mary (Dave) McPartlin of Newton; eight nieces and nephews, Cameron and Hayley Dodds, Ashley and Landon Criswell and Conner, Kaetlin, Micah and Madeline McPartlin; and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Jeffrey A. Thomas in 1968; her maternal grandparents, Pauline and Stub Claussen and Lloyd and Marie Winchell; and her paternal grandparents, Herbert and Marie Thomas.