Jo Ann Clayton Simien

Published 4:21 pm Thursday, March 19, 2020

Jo Ann Clayton Simien has gone to dwell in the peace of the Lord on March 16, 2020.

She was born on February 6, 1937 in Mamou, Lousiana.

Jo Ann will always be remembered as a loving sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

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Jo Ann chose to live and depart this life as a testament to Christ: in health, she extended a helping hand to any in need; in sickness, she was patient, grateful and compassionate.

Jo Ann worked at the City of Port Arthur water department after graduating from Abraham Lincoln High School and became the first black woman to work at Gates Memorial Library.

She stopped working to devote her life to raising and nurturing her family.

She returned to work later as a Home Health Care Service Provider and enjoyed caring for
the elderly.

Jo Ann loved to drive, bake, crochet, decorate and prepare huge, loving meals every holiday.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Simien Sr; parents Earl Clayton Sr. and Inez Clayton (Wallace) brothers: Cedric, Earl Jr., and John Luther; and grand-daughter, Eboni Simien.

Left to cherish her memories are her children: Inez (Terrance), Joseph Jr., Dwight (Myrtle), Kenneth Sr. (TaShara), La Bertha, Patricia, Clayton (Daneesh), Jo Ann and Ileana; grandchildren: Brittani (Simon), Tiffani, LaTavia, Alexis, Danielle, Kenneth Jr., Dayna, Alana and Nyssa; and great-grandchildren: Armani, Alana, Nyla and Eryn; brother Arstell (Johnnie Mae); sisters Shirley Mehn (Harvey) and Faye Ola Lorder (James).

Also, Tynikqua Gardner, Jeffery Havard and a host of cousins, in-laws, nieces, nephews and friends.

The family would like to thank Latoya Kelly  and the members of Texas Home Health Hospice for excellent care provided to their mother.

The family would like to extend love and gratitude to Tynikqua Gardner, a phenomenal caregiver whose Servant’s Heart cared for our mother with such humility, love and compassion.

You cared for our mother with a daughter’s heart and she loved you as you were her own.

Graveside services will be 10am Saturday, March 21, 2020, Greenlawn Memorial Park, Groves, Texas.

Visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Services entrusted to Hannah Funeral Home, Inc.