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Jo Ann Harper, age 84 passed away September 28th, 2022. She was born on May 27th, 1938, to William and Christine Johnson in Villa Rica Georgia. She was raised in Moreland, Georgia and graduated from Newman High school.
Jo Ann married her husband, the love of her life, Colonel Thomas M. Harper of 66 years on July 31st, 1956. Jo Ann was an exceptional and loving army wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, niece, and loyal friend.
Jo Ann Harper enjoyed and attended religious services and sang in the choir at the Protestant chapel on the Corpus Christi Naval Air Station. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, organizer of army officer spouse social events, and number one in her bowling league. She also loved hosting her family and friends.
Jo Ann was a professional makeup artist and a successful business owner, operating five different Merle Norman cosmetic stores.
Jo Ann is preceded in death by her mother, Christine Johnson, her father, William Johnson, and brother Larry Johnson. Left to cherish her memories are her loving husband Colonel Thomas Millard Harper, her sons Thomas Lee Harper (wife Janet Fay Harper) and Robert Millard Harper (wife Jojeanna Harper). Jo Ann is also survived by her grandchildren Stephen Harper, Angela Austin, Robert Michael Harper, Candice Harper, Michaela Harper and great grandchildren Summer Harper, James Austin, Sarah Austin and Harlo Harper. Along with her beloved Aunt Carolyn Minix.
Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at Seaside Funeral Home Chapel. A Funeral Service will begin at 12:30 p.m. that same afternoon. Interment to follow at Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery.
Having the distinguished honor to serve as pallbearers are Robert Michael Harper, Jacob Lee, James Austin, Joe Alcala, Harry Clark and Danny Austin. Honorary pallbearers will be Thomas Lee Harper, Robert Millard Harper, Major General Duane H. Stubbs, US Army Retired Al Gaydos, VP of Operations Garland Division Raytheon Howard Schauer, Colonel, US Army Retired Phillip Saulnier, Colonel, US Army Retired Ned Rupp, Colonel, US army retired Will Harmon.
The family would like to thank Harbor Hospice for the love, care and support they provided.