Jo Ann Bradford, Mississippi

Jo Ann Bradford, devoted wife and mother, passed away on February 19, 2012 at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson, Miss.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Briarwood Visitation Presbyterian Church in Jackson. Burial will be in Parkway Memorial Cemetery. Visitation was from 9:30 a.m. until time of services on Wednesday at the church. Memorials: Briarwood Presbyterian Church, 620 Briarwood Drive, Jackson, Miss. 39211 or to Jackson Preparatory School, P.O. Box 4940, Jackson, Miss. 39296.

Born on Oct. 6,1921, in Ralston, Neb., Jo Ann was the daughter of Daniel and Ruth Carter. She married Jim Bradford on Aug. 31, 1947, and they were married for 50 years before his death in 1997.

After living in several cities where Jim worked with Ralston Purina, Jim, Jo Ann and their daughter Nell moved to Jackson in 1979.

Jo Ann was a homemaker and a loving support for Jim and Nell. She enjoyed people and had many friends because she accepted everyone. She always liked music, especially the singing of Frank Sinatra. She also liked reading, and discussing books and politics. Jo Ann loved clothes and bright colors, and she wore them well.

Her favorite activities included golf, exercising and especially watching sporting events and attending programs at Jackson Prep, where Nell is assistant principal in the high school. She was a member of the Country Club of Jackson and of Briarwood Presbyterian Church, where she was a longtime member of church circle.

She is survived by her loving daughter Nell, brother Jack Carter and his wife Diane, and sister-in-law Pat, all of California; and many nieces and nephews.

Jo Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Jim; her brother, Hugh Carter; and her sister, Betty Carter Wallie.

Jo Ann will be remembered for her outgoing personality, her encouragement of others, her positive attitude and her bright smile. Nell thanks Rochelle Stevenson and Jackie Montgomery for their devoted care of her mother.

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