She was born Aug. 21, 1922, to Clifford and Myrtle Stearley in Brazil. She graduated Valedictorian of her class at Van Buren High School in 1940 then went to work at several Kroger stores. When WWII started Jo did her part for the war effort and moved to Chicago to be a "Rosie the Riveter" in a bomb factory. When the war was over she came back to Brazil and went to work as the parts manager at Mace's.
On July 10, 1948, she married Raymond T. Slack, who preceded her in death in 1988. Also preceding her in death were her parents, a son Curry Slack and a grandson at birth.
She is survived by a son, Ronald G. Slack, Ft. Myers, Fla., two daughters, Ramona Call, Brazil, and Dr. Melinda Slack-Hendrix, Springfield, Mo., and five grandchildren Corinna, Ray and Clint Slack, Bailey Hendrix and grandson, caregiver and best friend Andy Call. Also surviving is her sister and brother-in-law John and Betty Datena, Speedway, in-laws Ted and Rena Slack and a dearly loved friend of the family Dr. Ron Leach and many extended family members and lots of friends.
Jo enjoyed antiques and politics and her family and friends. She requested no funeral and cremation is planned. Friends may call on the family at her house on Saturday, Aug. 23 to celebrate her life. She will be missed. French Funeral Home was entrusted with her care.