Jo Anne Derrick was born October 4, 1946 in Elmira, New York, to Helen and Robert Reagan.
With her son and one daughter by her side, she returned to her Heavenly home on October 10, 2020, due to natural causes.
Jo grew up in Elmira, enjoying her days running barefoot in the fields, playing with friends and being in nature. She was recognized as a local hero at the age of 17 for saving four children from a house fire.
Jo moved to Texas to be closer to her father where she managed a club that was frequented by many military servicemen. She met the love of her life there. They lived in Alaska, Colorado, Georgia, and Utah.
Jo loved being in Alaska. She worked at the Birch Hill ski resort in Fairbanks.
While she was in Georgia she took some college courses. When she moved to Utah she got a job at the Hyrum Short Stop. Jo also worked for K-Mart, La-Z-Boy, King’s Department Store, and Cross Roads restaurant throughout her years here in Utah. She loved working with people. Jo retired from TJ Maxx in 2012.
Jo became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 2007 and received her endowments in the Logan, Utah temple in 2008. She had wonderful ministering brethren that took great care of her that she loved dearly. She had many friends and family which she loved and truly enjoyed, we want to thank everyone that reached out to her when she was no longer able to get out and about. You were a light in her life.
She listed her accomplishments as being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, reading and listening to scriptures every day, my beautiful grandchildren and great grandchildren, and giving up a lot of bad habits.
Mom enjoyed reading, painting, coloring, music, gardening, and watching mother nature. She taught us kids to be still so wild life would come close and to respect all creatures. She believes she was put here for a reason and knew she was close to finding out why. She said she had a lot of ups and downs but wouldn’t change a thing.
If there was anything she could have done that she didn’t accomplish it would have been to have a place to take care of runaways and children not wanted. Mom had a big heart and it showed.
We know we’ll be together again. Thank you for being you, mom, and for always keeping your head held up high.
Jo is survived by her sister Pat Danelutti and brother Mike Reagan, her children; Barbara Coburn, Lisa Freese, Robert Derrick, Jenny (Jay) Bair, 14 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren and honorary daughters, Stephany Watson and Amy Loveland.
She was preceded in death by her father Robert, her step mother Beatrice (Bea) Reagan, her mother Helen Reagan, her brother Ronald, and two of her sisters, Isabella (Louise) and Katharine (Kay).
Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 16, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. at the Richmond Stake Center, 135 W. Main St. Richmond, UT. Viewings will be held Thursday from 6-8 p.m. and Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Richmond Stake Center. Interment will be at the Richmond Cemetery. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at webbmortuary.com. For those who are not able to attend Jo’s funeral in person, the service will be streamed live at the following link: https://youtu.be/0LA7csKDpmM
We would like to thank the staff of Symbii Home Health Care, Intermountain Home and Hospice, and Franklin County Transitional Care for their loving care of our mother. We would also like to thank the staff of Webb Funeral Home for their care and sensitivity during this time.
In lieu of flowers, mom asked that if her friends and loved ones would like to do something, to please donate to one of the following charities:
Primary Children’s Hospital
Any Veteran’s program such as Wounded Warrior.
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