Jo Anne McCaffrey Ameel, 75, of Midland, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2011. She was born on December 5, 1935, to Jim and Frances McCaffrey, the 4th born of 17 children.
Jo Anne attended Holy Trinity Grade School and Ursuline Academy High School in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas. She has been a member of St Ann's Catholic Church in Midland since 1965. After raising her children, she continued witnessing her faith in many services such as the St Vincent DePaul Society, the Altar Society, and The Cana Committee coordinating wedding receptions, as a Catechist preparing children for the Sacrament of Confirmation and with her husband, Jim, preparing couples for the Sacrament of Matrimony. Jo Anne was loved and esteemed by all. We have happy memories of her vivacious expressiveness. Her prayer life was very deep and she spread the joy of her faith with love.
Jo Anne is preceded in death by her beloved son Brian, parents; Jim and Francis McCaffrey, sister Eileen, and brothers Tommy, Robert, and Donny.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Jim Ameel; son, Christopher Ameel and wife Lisa, granddaughter, Alexandra, daughter, Suzanne Leggett, grandchildren, Emily, Ryan and Annie Rose, daughter, Elizabeth Morrow, grandchildren, Abby, Luke and Elias, brother-in-law, Joseph Ameel and wife Betty. She is also survived by brothers, James , Patrick and John Skip McCaffrey and wife Genevieve, Michael McCaffrey and Philip McCaffrey, by sisters, Ursula Heuiser and husband Charles, Angela Notzon and husband Al, Margaret Cosbey and husband Bill, Christine Griffin and husband Mike, also by 22 nieces and nephews, 45 great nieces and nephews.
In her memory donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society (1906 W. Texas Ave, Midland, Texas 79701) and Midland/Odessa Area AIDS Support (800 W. Texas Ave, Midland, Texas). A Rosary Service will be held at Ellis Funeral Home on Monday, June 20 at 7:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held at St. Ann's Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 21 at 2:00 PM. Interment will follow at Central Texas State Veterans' Cemetery, in Killeen, Texas on June 24, 2011 at 2:00 PM.