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Ms. Jo Ann Rye
(June 25, 1938 – October 28, 2011)

Jo Ann Rye, age 73, passed away Friday, October 28, 2011, after a long and courageous battle with ovarian cancer.

Visitation, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Saturday, October 29, 2011, at McDonald & Son Funeral Home, Cumming, Georgia.  Funeral service, 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 30, 2011 at the Cumming Baptist Church, Cumming, Georgia.  Rev. Barry Crocker and Rev. Roger Williams officiating. Burial in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.

Jo Ann was born June 25, 1938.  She was a Charter Member of the Cumming Baptist Church and she sang in the adult choir. She served as president of the Col. Hiram Parks Bell Chapter 2641, Cumming, Georgia, United Daughters of the Confederacy from 2008 – 2010, and also as Secretary/Treasurer.  She was also on the Board of Trustees of the Col. Hiram Parks Bell Research Center, Cumming, Georgia.

Jo Ann temporarily leaves behind her loving husband of 55 years, Clark Rye; 1 son, David and daughter-in-law, Dayna Rye, Cumming, GA.; 1 daughter, Tracy Rye Tuggle, Woodstock, GA.; 4 grandchildren, Kristen, Amy, Emily and Eric; and a host of other relatives and friends.

She departed this Earth surrounded by her loving family and was then welcomed home by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.*

McDonald and Son Funeral Home & Crematory, 150 Sawnee Drive, Cumming, GA., directing.

*Source:  mcdonaldandson.com

(A Personal Note!) Today, I was privileged to be able to attend my cousin’s funeral service! It was an uplifting and a tearful experience, both at the same time. Jo Ann Rye, married my first cousin, Clark Rye when I was only 8 or 9 years old. Since that time, she was ‘my beautiful cousin’…not only that but she was married to ‘my very own Handsome cousin’ as well.  I remember when they were dating. I thought she was one of the most beautiful girls I had ever seen! And I am still right! She has always been beautiful on the inside as well as the outside! Jo Ann fought a courageous battle with Ovarian Cancer for many years and just when the cancer seemed to win by taking her from her loved ones, She really did win the battle by being taking into God’s loving arms! “55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1st Corinthians 15:55-57 KJV (Judy Webb Mays, Obituaries Editor)

 

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