Jo Ellen Reed passed from this life on May 29, 2023, at the age of 83.
Jo was born on October 25, 1939, in Keystone, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of Lewis Owen and Jewell (Trammel) Owen. Jo grew up in Keystone, where she played basketball for Keystone High. She graduated in the last graduating class (1957) of Keystone High School, just before the area was covered with Lake Keystone. Jo married Charles "Chuck" Stewart in 1958, and they had two children, Charles "Buck" and Michelle. Chuck passed away in 1965 when the children were very young (5 yrs. & 9 months). Jo worked at a law firm in Del City as a legal secretary, and then worked until retirement as an Executive Assistant for the Oklahoma Tax Commission.
Later in life, Jo was reunited with Bill Reed, whom she had known in High School. They were married in 2001 and moved from Jo's home in Del City to the Farm they built West of Mannford. Jo & Bill spent many days on Oklahoma lakes, fishing for crappie & catfish. Bill passed away in 2010.
Jo had a life-long love for animals. As a child, they always had dogs & and some unusual pets around the house, including a raccoon & a crow. As an adult, stray pets in her neighborhoods always found a way to her home, where they were loved and cared for. On the farm in Mannford, where she lived from 2003 until her passing in 2023, she had her beloved Great Pyrenees dog, Maggie, House Cat, Thomas, Barn Cat, Midnight, and finally, the donkey, Sparky. They were all spoiled. Richard & Charlotte Rice were some of Jo's special friends who ran many different forms of livestock on Jo's farm, ranging from goats, sheep, & cattle. Jo ensured that ALL of the livestock were more than adequately provided for.
Towards the end, Jo was determined to stay on the farm. She had been the primary caregiver for her Mother in her final years, and she did not want to be dependent on others. Even though she wasn't feeling well, she pressed on. She had great neighbors, such as Linda Taber & Joe Sowersby, who kept her company, and they all watched after one another. Two days before she passed, she spent the day with Children, Grandchildren, and her namesake Great-Granddaughter Caroline Jo. She & Caroline spent time playing together & feeding Sparky the Donkey.
Jo was survived by her two children, son Charles "Buck" Stewart and wife Mary of Stillwater, Oklahoma, Daughter Michelle Westmoreland, and husband Rochon of Pahrump, Nevada. Five grandchildren, Kimberly Anglin and husband Chad of Edmond, Oklahoma. Chuck Stewart and wife Karen of Gilbert, Arizona, Tara Lusar and husband Tony of Pahrump, Nevada, Traci Ezell of Pahrump, Nevada, and O'Dayvion Westmoreland, Las Vegas, Nevada. Six great grandchildren, Caroline, Gavin, Laila, Dominick, Xavier and Jaxon. She is also survived by her brother Kenneth and his wife Martha , Williamsburg, Virginia. Jo Ellen was preceded in death by her Parents, Lewis Owen and Jewell (Trammel) Owen, and brother Gordon Owen.
Per Jo’s wishes, there will be no service. Please consider a donation in her memory to the OSU Pet Therapy Program Fund at osugiving.com
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