Mary Joan “Jo” Powell

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Mary Joan “Jo” Powell passed away Monday, August 27, 2018. Family and friends will celebrate her life of 86 years on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at 11:00 am at Lake Ridge Chapel, followed by a committal service at the City of Lubbock Cemetery. A tribute of Mary’s life may be found at, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.

Jo was born on January 29, 1932 to Granford (Pop) and Ida Rayburn (Short) Brown in Lubbock, Texas. She went to school in Lubbock and graduated from Lubbock High School.  Jo enjoyed participating in activities with her three sons, and spent much of her time preparing and going to games, musical programs, and other school events with all of her sons.    Jo, or better known as Jo Jo with her grandchildren, enjoyed participating in any activity or just spending time with her grandchildren.  Jo was very fortunate to have some very special friends, and they continued to have fun and socialize throughout her life.  Jo also had special friends that helped her to continue to live at her home.  She was very appreciative of all of the friendships and the caring help she received from special people. 

Survivors include her three sons, Michael Brown Powell and wife, Lynne; William Chad Powell; and Steven Clay Powell and wife, Lisa; grandchildren, Madeline, Leslie, David, Grant, and McKeely; and great grandchildren, Peyton and Parker. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Granford Homer and Ida Josephine Brown; and sister, Dorothy Ludell Priddy.



5 thoughts on “Mary Joan “Jo” Powell”

  1. I am so sorry to hear of Jo’s passing. Of all the mom’s we grew up with she had by far the quickest wit and could always make me laugh. Our prayers are with you guys.

  2. She was a great friend and a good listener..we had many good times together. A great mom , grandmother, and greatgrandmother. Jo loved her boys so very much. She was a Christian lady and loved the Lord. Such a lovely lady, so lucky to have her in our lives.

  3. Mike, Lynn and Clay,
    Vicki and I are very sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom. She was a neat lady and will be missed by all. Our prayers will be with the Powell family this weekend.
    Nick and Vick

  4. Martha Jones Blacklock

    I met Jo when she was in Crown Point in 2016. She and my mother, Billie Jones, were best friends there. I saw Jo almost daily when I went to visit Mother and found her to be a wonderfully sweet lady. She wrote notes to Mother while there and even letters until my mother passed away at Crown Point in September, 2016. We were blessed that our paths crossed and we got to know this kind and friendly lady. Sorry for your loss; I know you will miss her very much.

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