JoAnn Scott Abernathey Jamison

of Kerrville, TX

November 28, 1936 - May 9, 2024

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JoAnn Scott Abernathey Jamison passed away on May 9, 2024, at her home near Kerrville, TX at the age of 87 years old.

JoAnn Scott (''Jo'' to her family and friends) was born on November 28th, 1936. She was born in the back bedroom of her family home in Yoakum, TX to her parents, Zed William, and Ella Carter Scott. Jo was adored by her older sister and aunts.

She was trained in classical piano at an early age. As a member of Yoakum First Methodist Church, Jo learned to play the organ and played for services during her years at Yoakum High School. She earned a bachelor's degree from Southwest Texas State Teachers College (now Texas State University in San Marcos). She married after college and started a family, raising six children. JoAnn then became a teacher, working in special education and phonics reading at elementary schools in Palacios, Freeport, Silsbee and Crosby, Texas. She received her Master of Education degree from Lamar University. JoAnn was a voracious reader and passionate teacher of reading during her 38-year educational career. She served as organist for St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Freeport, TX and St. John's Episcopal Church in Silsbee, TX. When Jo was not playing the organ, she often sang in and led the church choir.

After retirement and other life changes, JoAnn moved to Boerne, TX to be closer to family. She became a member of St. Helena's Episcopal Church, and it was there where she met Albert Lee Jamison. They married and enjoyed their love and life together until his death in 2006.

Jo enjoyed traveling with Albert and collected cookbooks along the way. She enjoyed learning anything new - from cooking to quilting. She cherished her native Texas Coastal Plain and the Hill Country. Jo enjoyed attending the ballet (especially Swan Lake), going to live theater productions and the symphony. Jo loved gardening and flowers, a good book, a cup of coffee and a good ''visit.'' More than anything, JoAnn cherished her children. In her final days, when she was very weak, her eyes would open when we called out to momma - and she would smile. She passed peacefully, knowing that love was all around her.

JoAnn is survived by her six children, Laurie Barnett (John) of Lawrence, KS, Penny Byrnes (Chris) of Lago Vista, TX, Debbie Sparks (Ricky) of Angleton, TX, Kathy Lopes (Bob) of Leander, TX, Mary Stone (Dave) of Kerrville, TX and Pat Abernathey (Sarah) of Louisville, CO. She is survived by her children's father, Rev. James Abernathey of Atascocita, TX; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and her nephews and nieces.

JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Albert; her sister, Carlyn Littlefield and brother-in-law, Lee Littlefield of Shiner, TX; her nephews, Ken Littlefield of New Braunfels, TX and Jeff Hewett of Round Rock, TX.

A celebration of Jo's life will be at 10:30 AM, Saturday May 18, 2024, at Grimes Funeral Chapels in Kerrville. Her final resting place will be next to Albert at Mission Park Cemetery North in San Antonio, TX.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Kerrville, or Kerrville Pet's Alive.

Many thanks to Karry Kirkland with Caring Senior Services for her commitment to caring for Jo so she could be home with her family. Thanks to Peterson Hospice for their exceptional care and support.

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5 Condolence(s)
David and Jessica Vance
Lafayette, CO
Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Pat and family, we are sending our deepest sympathies to you all. Your mom sounds like a wonderful woman and educator. Much love to y’all from the Vances.

Pat Abernathey
Louisville, CO
Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Thank you. I love you.

You are the source of all the good in me.

Laurie Barnett
Lawrence, KS
Monday, May 13, 2024

Mother, always know that you will be with me wherever I go! I love you so much and I will never stop missing you

Mary Stone
Kerrville, TX
Saturday, May 11, 2024

I miss you so much Momma. I know you are with peace and love. I’ll see you again.

Daniel Hiebert
Wichita, KS
Friday, May 10, 2024

I'll miss you grandma. I know you are proud of me being sober