Jo-Ann “Jo-Momma” Wells, 61, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 25, 2018 at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) after a short battle with cancer.
Jo was born Sept. 16, 1957 in Juno, Alaska where she grew up with two older siblings, a brother and sister, until she ventured to San Francisco in 1982 with her husband. She received her BS in accounting and was soon employed by public works.
In 1994 she relocated to McKinleyville, with her husband and two sons where she spent her last 25 years continuing to raise a family and actively being involved in the community from activities such as helping host boy scouts events and becoming a member of the church of the Joyful Healer, where she served as a member and treasurer. She was a Humboldt County employee for the Parks and Recs department for the last 17 years.
She was the youngest of three and a wonderful mother of two. Jo enjoyed reading, going to plays, playing Scrabble and Tetris, walking and collecting seashells on the beach, spending time with her church, friends, and family.
Jo continued to give back, even after death, by being an organ donor in hopes that other people can benefit from her. She was cremated shortly after. A service will be held on Sunday, June 24 at the Joyful Healer, 1944 Central Ave. in McKinleyville, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Joyful Healer. One of Jo’s final requests to celebrate her life was to have a bonfire with twice baked potatoes which will be the same evening.