JoAnn Smith Allen
Feb 27, 1940Dec 19, 2016
Affinity Funeral Service
Wed, December 28, 2016
2 : 00 PM – 12 : 00 AM
Allen, Jo Ann S. “Nene” of Midlothian, was granted eternal life on December 19, 2016. Born in Coalwood, West Virginia, the only child of the late Earlie F. and Mamie T. Smith, Jo Ann will live on in the hearts of her husband Barry, her two beloved children, daughter Jamie Michele Baker (Bradley) of Virginia Beach, granddaughter Ashleigh Durkee (Jonathan), great-grandchildren Addilyn, Noah, Avery,and Aubrey Kate of Mobile, Alabama, granddaughter Amanda Beers (Kyle), great-grandchildren Koleman, Grace, and Emmett of Varina, her son Joby Dean Fountain (Jenny), granddaughter Sara Henderson (Kevin), great-grandchildren Kylie and Kynlie, granddaughter Lindsey Fountain, all of Jacksonville, North Carolina, a devoted Aunt, Mabel Dalton of Hillsville, Virginia, a host of In-Laws, nieces and nephews, all of whom she held close in her heart, and her constant companion, Milo the cat. Jo Ann grew up in Hampton, Virginia, and worked for NASA’s Mercury Space Program until starting her family in 1961. After moving to Richmond, she was employed by Richmond Memorial Hospital, where she met Barry, and blessed him with 33 wonderful years together. Jo Ann later worked for Suntrust Bank until she retired. Jo Ann loved the beach, the sun, any excuse for a party, a good margarita and/or a cold glass of wine. Above all else, she loved her family. Every child, grandchild, great-grandchild. in-law, niece and nephew, she loved deeply and unconditionally. Her unique soul touched all that met her. The family would like to thank the staff of James River Home Health and Hospice for their care and compassion, Jo Ann’s mother and father in-law Barbara and William Allen, who came to her rescue countless times, and especially her daughter Jamie, whose selflessness enabled Jo Ann to spend her last days at home. A memorial service will be held at 2pm on Wednesday, December 28th at Affinity Funeral Service, 2720 Enterprise Pkwy, Richmond, VA.
Best Nene in the whole wide world! 333!!
You will be in our hearts forever.
Barbara & Reggie
You brought so much life, love and joy over the years to all of us. So many wonderful memories and good times that we will cherish. I will never be able to hear a steel drum band or sit on a beach with my toes in the surf and not think of you with a big smile on my face!
I miss you Mom. Thanks for all the good times we shared and for always being my Best Friend. Your Loving son, Joby 3
Sad but beautifully written.
Phyllis and Linsey Gould lit a candle for JoAnn Smith Allen
I know that words are inadequate at a time like this but I wanted you to know how very sorry all of us at CJW Security are for your loss. Please extend our sympathy to your entire family. You will all be in our thoughts and prayers.
To my partner in crime… “we didnâ€™t know we were making memories, we were just having fun”. Always will remember your zest for living everyday to the fullest and your everlasting love for Barry and your family. In my heart, you will forever stay.
To my aunt who at an early age taught me how fun it was to poke your finger in a birthday cake! More importantly you taught me how to live life to the fullest, be kind to others, be positive in every situation your dealt, and how to always have fun! We have so many amazing memories together as a family and I will cherish those always. Love you always
So many things to thank you for. Bringing so much love and happiness into my brothers life for so many years. Teaching us it was ok to stick a finger in the cake. How to go through life with a smile on your face. How to party, let our hair down, and have a good time. You will be missed.
Randy and Terry Price lit a candle for JoAnn Smith Allen
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Barry and family – I am so sorry to hear of your loss and will keep you all in prayers.