Jo D. Williams, 85, of North Andover passed away peacefully Saturday morning after a short battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma, she graduated from the Sparks Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in 1958 and shortly thereafter met her late husband James, with whom she shared 45 years of marriage.
Moving North to Pennsylvania and then Massachusetts, Jo was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed travelling, the beach, reading and her pet cats. Jo worked as a caring and dedicated nurse for more than 40 years at many care facilities around the region, including the Prescott House where she was a resident for the last 18 months.
In her retirement years, she loved spending time with friends, playing Bingo, Uno and keeping up with her grandchildren.
Jo is survived by her son, Brad and his wife Dawn, of Peabody; her daughter, Lynde of Middleton; her grandchildren Matt and his wife Katie of Boxford; Jonathan of Peabody; Rebecca of Salem and Joseph of Fairfax, VT; one step great granddaughter; and her siblings T. Ann, Rose, Jessie, Linnie, Bob, Barbara and Marjorie.
In addition to her husband James, she was predeceased by parents Willie Baker and Ann Cowan; and siblings Bill, Dee and Carl.
Visiting hours will be held at the Ruggiero Family Memorial Home in Peabody on Friday at 9:30-11 a.m. followed by a memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or American Diabetes Association.
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