Jo Ann Cookson, daughter of the late William "Short" and Imogene Hartwell Braswell, was born in Lavelle, Mo., on Dec. 31, 1939, and died at St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on Dec. 28, 2011, at the age of 71.
She had lived in the Puxico and Wappapello area her entire life. She was a former member of the Paucah Club in Puxico and enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues Hockey. She worked as a presser for SEMO Imprints.
She is survived by two sons, Rob (Beverly) Cookson of Dexter, Mo., and Steve Cookson of Puxico, Mo.; two grandchildren, Aaron and Jared Cookson; and one sister, Lana New of Jackson, Mo. Many other friends and relatives also survive.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob and Gary Braswell.
Visitation will be held Friday, Dec. 30, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Puxico, Mo.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Puxico, with Rev. Kenneth Lambert of Bloomfield officiating.
Burial will be in the Puxico Cemetery.
Watkins & Sons Funeral Service of Dexter, Mo., is in charge of arrangements.