Date of Birth: September 17, 1930
Date of Death: December 31, 2021
Jean Jo Ann Western, 91, of Phoenix, AZ, passed away on December 31,2021. She was born in Detroit, MI. on September 17,1930 to Joseph Wesley and Lillian Willis (nee: Middlebrooks). She graduated from high school in Greenville, South Carolina with happy memories of playing the clarinet in the school marching band and being soprano soloist for graduation. She then met and married Thomas E. Chandler. They had three children, Candace, Steven and Crystal. Sadly, their marriage ended in divorce. Eventually Jo Ann was remarried to James R. Western, Sr. The family moved to California for a year and then employment brought them to Phoenix, AZ. Together Jim and Jo Ann were blessed with four daughters Rachel, Shaina, Leah and Rena. Tragically, Leah was lost in an accident just before her fifth birthday. Jo Ann felt fortunate to have added to her family Jim's two children from a previous marriage, Jody and Jim R Western Jr. Jo Ann returned to college and received an RN, working many years as a floor nurse and eventually becoming a surgical and recovery nurse. She provided exceptional care for many during a 30+ year career. She lived a wonderful life, enjoying a long retirement before leaving this realm. Her strength and courage were greatly admired, and her beautiful spirit will be greatly missed. Her life was blessed with 7 children, 27 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren.
No public services are planned.