For 90 years, four months, and two days, Jo Annice Cornish Scott lived her earthly life surrounded by loving family and friends. Jo went to her eternal life Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, in Oak Grove Cemetery followed by a celebration of life service at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Graham.
Jo was born March 27, 1924, to Rex and Delilah Robbins Cornish, early Young County pioneers. She was the middle child with an older brother, Rex Lionel, and a younger brother, Jon Rex who both preceded her in death.
Always active in her school years, Jo was a popular, pretty, Graham “Belle.” She was a cheerleader, a talent contest winner, and a ray of sunshine to all. She named the Graham High School annual “The Steer,” and it remains so today.
Jo married her high school sweetheart, Walter Leon Scott, Jr., (Scotty) on Dec. 26, 1943. He preceded her in death in 1995. They raised their family in Graham. Scotty was overseas during WWII, when their first child, Walter L. Scott, III (Dubber), was born. W.L Jr. didn’t see Dubber until he was 10-months-old. Kenneth Rex came next and was quickly followed by Jo Beth. Kenneth preceded his mother in death in 2007.
After her children were in school, Jo helped her mother in Cornish Downtown Flowers and her husband at Scotty’s Grocery. She and her oldest son later owned and operated Graham Floral. She spent many years designing floral arrangements to delight others. Even after her retirement, she worked part-time at Mark’s Gallery.
Jo was a dedicated worker and member of First Presbyterian Church since childhood. She helped with Bible school, taught Bible studies and played hand bells for many years. Jo’s life was a witness to others through her sweet spirit and faithfulness.
Mama Jo, as she was known by many, spent her life in Graham. For the past two and a half years, she lived in Friona with her daughter, Jo Beth and husband Bruce. She was greatly loved and cherished by all her new acquaintances.
Many family members are left with her precious memories, including her children, Walter Leon Scott and wife Judy of Graham and Jo Beth Scott Gipson and husband Bruce of Friona; grandchildren, Lisa Scott McCool and husband Larry and Kelly Lanham and wife Christy, all of Graham, Lee Scott and wife Stella of Austin, Kristen and Kenneth Scott of New Orleans, Louisiana, and Casey Lanham and wife Lindsay of Houston; and great-grandchildren, Pecos, Brady and Larissa McCool, Breana Hyde and Zoey Prosperie and Jake, Hunter, Riley, Walker and Hollis Lanham.