JoAnne Jacobs

Published 3:30 pm Tuesday, November 15, 2022

JoAnne Jacobs, Jo, Mom and Grandma as she was known to her family and friends, passed away on Sunday afternoon November 13, 2022. Jo was born in Lincoln Nebraska on April 17, 1934, to Helen and Donald Felton. She had an older brother, Don Jr, all of whom predeceased her. Jo is survived by her husband Jay (Rocky) of the home, daughter Trudi Riley and her husband John of Blacksburg, VA, granddaughter Megan Dixon and her husband Lewis of Richmond, VA, grandson Connor Riley and his wife Kristin and great granddaughter Amber of Burke, VA and several cousins, nieces and nephews in Nebraska, Colorado and Idaho.

Jo graduated with a BFA from the University of Nebraska in 1956. She was a high school teacher in Michigan, Colorado and Virginia for 30 years before retiring as the Chair of the Art Department at Oakton High School in Fairfax County Virginia in 1988.

She moved to Belhaven, North Carolina with her husband when he retired in 1996. They then permanently retired, as she used to like to say, to Washington, North Carolina in 2015.

Jo was active in many activities both in Washington and Belhaven upon retiring here. Before and after retirement she loved to help her friends, family and neighbors decorate and redecorate their homes when asked. She was an active member of the Belhaven Rotary Club and an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Washington. She accompanied her husband and took part in many Rotary activities, conferences, institutes and conventions in several countries in the Rotary world for over forty years.

Her wishes were to have no funeral service and they will be honored. Her wishes were also for those who desire to remember her to do so with a gift to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, the Washington North Carolina Salvation Army or to a charity of their choice.

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