Jo Ann Darden

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After a valiant battle against interstitial lung disease, Jo Ann Darden went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 21, 2011. Visitation and viewing will be from 6 to 8 PM, Monday, April 25th at Lake Shore Funeral Home, 5201 Steinbeck Bend Road in Waco. Memorial services will be 2PM Tuesday, April 26th at Lake Shore Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Ed Carter officiating. A reception will follow the ceremony. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online Guest Book at

Jo Ann was born in Woodville, Texas on October 6, 1932 to Stephen B. Owens and Margaret Allie (Barge) Owens. She graduated from Beaumont

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  1. I remember Jo Ann as a neighbor. We met while walking the neighborhood in Waco, Jo Ann with her dogs. Always cheerful and joyful she would lift my spirit just with her greeting! What a precious lady.

  2. I am saddened by Mrs. Darden’s passing–what a sweet and graceful lady. Col. Darden and Danni may you find strenghth in all the wonderful memories she has left behind! You and the entire family are in my thoughts and prayers!
    Love to You All!
    Debbie Bigham
    Northside Animal Hospital

  3. Dear Colonel Darden,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.Mrs.Darden was a very lovely lady.
    Donna Azbell

  4. Doug and Melissa Vigen

    We were so sorry to hear about JoAnn’s passing. Doug has wonderful memories of her when they lived in the Mt. Vernon, Va area.
    Our condolences,
    Doug and Melissa Vigen

  5. Jo Ann was a dear friend. We shared happy times and sad times. She was a great encourager. After being her hairdresser for almost 30 years, there was much I learned from reading her biography that I never knew. She never told of all her great talents and accomplishments. I only heard of how much she loved all of her family, how she relied on her Lord,loved Christmas, and how she enjoyed her plants and flowers. I had the honor of watering them for her once in this past year while visiting. She was always interested in how my family was faring. She is greatly admired and missed by all who were blessed to know her.

  6. Bob,

    My thoughts are with you and your family. God bless,


  7. Mark and Mary Holmes

    We remember Jo Ann as always wearing a beautiful smile that lit up a room. Heaven is a richer and brighter place due to her arrival there.

  8. Martha Sue Colbert-Hall

    Dear Dani and Bob,
    Your Mom and wife have always been extra special to me. I always loved hearing about the vacations our parents took together and the fun that Momma, Jo Ann and Willa Mae had together. I truly believe that they are all in Heaven together having a good time again. Losing your Momma is the greatest pain in the world. But the legacy of what a loving, Christian Mother leaves with us is priceless. I am so thankful that Jo Ann was a part of my life!

  9. Mia Moody-Ramirez

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Darden family.

  10. Stephen & Mal Phillippi

    Our dwwpwst and sincerest sympathies. Our prayers arre with you and all of the family.

  11. Dear Mr. Darden:

    The nurse’s at Dimensions prayers are with you and your family in this very sad time. You are in our thoughts each day. God Bless.

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