In Loving

JoAnn Smith Allen

Feb 27, 1940Dec 19, 2016

Memorial Service


Affinity Funeral Service


Wed, December 28, 2016


2 : 00 PM – 12 : 00 AM

Obituary message

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.