Jo Ann Leighton passed away after a brief illness on Aug. 6, 2007, at St. Mary's Health Center, Jefferson City, Mo.
Graveside services will be held at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis, Mo. on Sept. 10, 2007.
Jo Ann was born at home on the family farm outside Rolfe, on April 8, 1932, to Iris and Albert Wolfe during the height of the depression. She graduated from Rolfe High School, and shortly thereafter married Charles DeSmet Jr., of St. Louis, Mo. After his sudden death in an auto accident, she returned to Iowa a young widow with one daughter and another on the way. She later married Robert Leighton and bore a son. She lived in Spencer for many years. After the death of her husband of 30 years, she resided near her eldest daughter, living in Tipton, Mo.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Iris and Albert Wolfe; sister Shirley Ryan; brother Ray Wolfe; husbands: Charles DeSmet Jr. and Robert Leighton; and granddaughter Shay Elizabeth Rowe.
Jo Ann is survived by her sister, Kay Hoffert and husband, Don of Laurens; two daughters: Pat Kerr and husband, John of Jefferson City, Mo. and Judith DeSmet, Atlanta, Ga.; one son, Stephen Leighton and wife, Kristi of Richmond, Va.; one grandson; two granddaughters; and one great-grandson.
Memorials may be made to: Missouri Military Family Relief Fund, J1-DPP-F, 2302 Militia Drive, Jefferson City, Mo. 65101.
Arrangements are under the direction of Houser-Millard Funeral Directors, Jefferson City, Mo.