Granny Jo dead at 85

Jo 2007I’m sad to report that my mother-in-law, Granny Jo, died this evening, February 10, 2013,  just 36 days after arriving at the nursing home on January 4.  It was a tumultuous 5 weeks with two hospital visits, a broken hip and a few positive moments including watching her rocking away to the Elvis impersonator that visited the home a couple of weeks ago.

She was found in her bed facing the wall in full cardiac arrest.  She suffered from Alzheimer’s and was basically unable to communicate for the last several months.  She could say 2 or 3 words but that was pretty much it.  She had always had a good appetite up until the broken hip.    After returning from the hospital a couple of weeks ago her appetite was never the same.  We believe the Alzheimer’s had affected her pain recognition because she never showed any signs of pain from the hip surgery.  So that was a small blessing in a weird sort of way.  

She was 85 years, 7 months and 15 days old when she died.  She didn’t want a funeral.  Her wish was to donate her body to the St. Louis University Medical School, so that’s being arranged. 

The photo at right was taken in 2007.

I’ve previously posted about her here, here and here.


41 thoughts on “Granny Jo dead at 85”

    • My condolences to your family Ted. They say these things come in three’s. Might not be a good day to be a part of the B&P neighborhood.

      • The coming in three’s did hit one of my granddaughter.This was her great grandmother on her daddy side. She has a great uncle on her mom’s side to be buried tomorrow and also a great aunt that is in Germany that died yesterday. They don’t know as yet if her German boy friend is going to bring her back to Tn. or not. Her family here are pretty torn about her body not coming home.

  1. My condolences to you and your wife. You will always have fond memories of her and you will speak of her with love and admiration.

  2. Jonco, my sincere condolences to you and your family. Having lost my father last year and my parents-in=law in 2011, I know a little of what this brings to you.I wish you and your family a lot of strength in dealing with the difficult times to come.

  3. I am so sorry to hear that, Jonco. My love to you and Pat. Krisgo, I have never lost a parent but I have lost a grandparent and I just wanted to give you a virtual hug too. This kind of thing, blessing in disguise or otherwise, is just not easy. xxoo

  4. Our condolences to you & your family. May you all find strength and support in each other as you cherish memories of Granny Jo & celebrate the life she lived and with those whom she loved.

  5. Here are a couple of pics from a year or two ago of me walking her out to the car. These were a couple of my favorite photos of her and me.



  6. At times in ones life, where words may seem a little trite yet these are the moments that always change us and remind us of what is important.

    Please add my thoughts, prayers and condolences to the list for you and your family.

  7. SO SORRY JONCO, i was hoping this year would be better fer us all,,but boy,,im not so sure,many an having hard times with family an friends,alot of us are strugglin already, i was glad to see you post her there every so often,,did my heart good,,you and the family , in our thoughts an prayers !
    john k.

  8. If Granny Jo is playing pinochle with my grandma in heaven I want to warn her, grandma cheats! Best wishes to you and yours.

  9. Sorry for your loss,Jonco.
    What a noble thing to do, donating her body to research, hopefully it will go to Alzheimer’s research. My 93 year old grandfather suffers from it as well, I’d like to hope that one day the medical community would find a cure.
    Again, my condolences.

  10. Godspeed Granny Jo, condolences to the family. May the peace that comes from the memories of love shared comfort you now and in the days ahead.

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