Jo Ann was born in Lufkin, Texas, the daughter of the late Joe C. Ricks and Lue Ela Baird Ricks. She passed away at home with her sons by her side on May 29th 2021. She is proceeded in death by her husband, Gene Harvey Nerren, and her daughter, Marilyn Kay Nerren Troth. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She graduated from Del Rio High School in 1954 and went on to marry Gene in 1955, with whom she shared a wonderful and loving life of 64 years. They celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with a formal rededication ceremony with Family and Friends at Believer’s Bible Church, Lufkin, Texas, where they were Founding Members. Dedicated to helping people in her community find, pursue, and nurture their passions, Jo Ann founded Nerren Employment Service in 1968. She and Gene were adventurers who explored all 50 states together in their RV and visited over 12 countries on three different continents. She loved adventuring through stories too and read well over 100 books on her Kindle during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jo Ann is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Barbara Nerren; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Toni Cheryl; son-in-law, Richard Troth; grandson, John Martin Troth; granddaughters: Chelle Troth, Nia Nerren, Nyla Nerren, and Misty (Rusty) Wright, her great-grandchildren Katelyn, Jacobe, Kynlea, and Bennett. Survivors also include her younger brother, Kenneth Ricks and wife Margaret, and many treasured nephews, nieces, cousins, and close friends located throughout the country.
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