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JoAnna Lynn ‘JoJo’ Thomas

Published: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 11:23 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 12:22 p.m. CDT

JoAnna Lynn “JoJo” Thomas, 46, of Grinnell died July 31, 2014, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.

A funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the First Friends Church in Grinnell with Pastors Todd Follette, Walt Claussen and John Claussen officiating. Pallbearers will be Deb Coomer, Lindy Morris, Carlyn Petted, Jackie Verwers, Guy Winchell, Robert Winchell, Wayne Winchell and Paul Weyers.  Burial will be in Our Silent City Cemetery in Kellogg.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with the family present from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening.

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’s 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, Lloyd and Marie Winchell; and her paternal grandparents, Herbert and Marie Thomas.

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