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Jo Ann Pride

October 29, 1925 -
July 11, 2020

Mrs. Jo A. Pride of the Champaign Old Farm area passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020, in the comfort of her home.  “Jo Jo” was born on October 29th, 1925, in Evansville, Indiana to Arthur and Lyla Hobgood Veatch.  She was preceded in death by the “love of her life”, James Morgan Pride, and her young…read more

Mrs. Jo A. Pride of the Champaign Old Farm area passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020, in the comfort of her home.  “Jo Jo” was born on October 29th, 1925, in Evansville, Indiana to Arthur and Lyla Hobgood Veatch.  She was preceded in death by the “love of her life”, James Morgan Pride, and her youngest son, Dr. Paul E. Pride DC.

Jo was raised as a child from the age of 8 years old by Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Conway of Morganfield, Kentucky.  She lived in and visited many different countries and studied those cultures.  These included England, Belgium, Germany, France, Egypt, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Malaysia, Canada, Japan, and China.

Jo Jo was active all her life.  She volunteered for the Fulbright Commission in orphanages in Egypt and Malaysia.  Jo belonged to the Faith United Methodist Church of Champaign.  She was an active member of the Twin Cities Garden Club and received the Presidential award for her service as the District IV Director of the State of Illinois.  Jo received the Community Service Award in 2009 for her leadership in the Champaign County Forest Preserve Children’s Summer Garden Program.  A big part of her volunteer life was the Senior Scientist Program sponsored by the U of I’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).  She volunteered in two labs at the School of Integrative Biology (Department of Plant Biology) and mentored by several graduate students.  Jo Jo was also the president of the homeowners’ association.

While living in London, Jo loved visiting the cathedrals and enjoyed performing brass rubbings of knights.  Several hang in her home.  She loved to cook and attended many gourmet cooking classes and flower arranging classes in several countries.  With her flower arranging skills she won many awards at the Garden Club’s Annual Shows.

She is survived by her son, James Conway Pride (Michelle).  Also surviving are her grandchildren – Jamie Pride, Lorraine Redmond, Stacey Pride, Heather Zorn, Dr. Casey Pride DC, Hanna Mackichen, and Jason Pride.  Jo leaves eleven great grandchildren and four great, great grandchildren.

At Jo’s request, memorials may be made to Faith United Methodist Church, Champaign; U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots”; and the Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois.

Condolences may be offered at www.morganmemorialhome.com.

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