Jo E. Greer

July 11, 1928–December 4, 2019

Jo E. Greer, age 91, Joplin, passed away at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Freeman West Hospital after an illness.

Jo was born July 11, 1928 in Joplin to the late Gordon Allen Steddum and Martha Pearl Anglen Steddum and had lived in Joplin most of her life.

Jo worked downtown at the former Christman’s Department Store and at Northpark Mall at Newman’s Department Store until it’s closing in the early 1990’s.

An avid bowler of 70 years, using the same ball, Jo achieved many accolades on the city, state and national level, including being inducted into the Joplin Bowling Hall of Fame in 1994.

Despite all of her accomplishments bowling, Jo was most proud of her family.  She made a point to host family dinners at holidays and for birthday celebrations.  She and her late husband, Robert, spent many summers with the family at their house on the lake.  It was there that she acquired a love for fishing and passed on that love to each of her children and grandchildren.  Jo enjoyed traveling and sporting events of all kinds, especially baseball.  She never missed a family sporting event.   Jo was a longtime member of Blendville Christian Church and will be missed by everyone that knew her.

She married Robert Eugene Greer on June 26, 1945 in Joplin.  He preceded her in death on December 5, 2006.

Survivors include a daughter, Christi Bennett and husband, John, Joplin; three sons, Robert Greer and wife, Polly, Joplin, Craig Greer and wife, Jayne, Joplin, Jeff Greer and wife, Kelli, Grove; nine grandchildren and numerous great grandchildren.

Services are planned for Monday at 2:00 p.m. at Blendville Christian Church.  Larry Richardson, minister, will officiate.  Interment will follow at Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Josh Greer, Paden Bennett, Jacob Bennett, Gus Guodace, Gabe Kogel and Scott Murray.  The family will receive friends Sunday from 3-5:00 p.m. at Parker Mortuary Chapel.  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

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