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Jo Ann Hopper Pace, of Corbin, passed away peacefully May 24, 2017 at Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tennessee, at the age of 81.
Born in 1936 in Corbin, Jo Ann was passionate about her family and her life of volunteerism. Jo Ann was a Girl Scouts leader for 18 years and loved every moment she spent in Scouts. She was an exceptional cook who loved to entertain family and friends around her table.
For many years she was an active member of First Christian Church in Corbin where she served on several committees, including the Missionary Guild and volunteered as a Sunday School teacher, nursery attendant, and spent many happy hours in the church kitchen.
As a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Corbin, she again volunteered in many roles including the St. Gerard clothing ministry, the Sacred Heart Alter Society and her beloved kitchen duties. She received spiritual comfort from Father Kevin Segerblom and staff and the Eucharistic ministers from St. Anne Catholic Church in Bristol, Virginia.
Jo Ann worked as a teacher's assistant at First Baptist Church Preschool in Corbin and also in the After School Program at First Baptist Church Family Life Center, as well as Community Greeting Service. A lifelong Democrat, she was a former Secretary of the Knox County Women's Democrat Club and enjoyed serving as an official poll worker for many elections. 
She loved cats, Elvis, the color black, and Cheerios with bananas, in that order.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Edna Hopper and her daughter, Patricia Garland Smith. 
She is survived by three daughters: Yvonne Garland Bishop of Corbin; Amy Pace Silverton of Ft. Thomas; Mary Lee Pace Schiesz of Bristol, Tennessee; seven grandchildren: Jessica Bishop, Courteney Alexander, Matthew Alexander, Laura Alexander Hoover, Regan Silverton, Aidan Silverton and Beckham Schiesz; three cousins who were like brothers and sisters: Judy Hopper Cook, Jan Alan Hopper and Gary Hopper.
The family wishes to thank all of those who cared for her to include Dr. Steve Morton, Dr. John Mann and Mike Baines P.A., the Senior Reflections staff at Bristol Regional Medical Center, the sweet care providers at Brookdale Senior Living, the loving staff and administration at Oakmont at Gordon Park, the many visitors from St. Anne Catholic Church and a blessed friend Marita Aicher-Swartz.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church - Corbin, St. Anne Catholic Church Eucharistic Ministry- Bristol, Tennessee, Fur Ever Friends Pet Rescue - Corbin.
A rosary for Jo Ann Pace will be prayed at 7 p.m. Friday, May 26, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Corbin. The family will receive friends from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church followed by a celebration mass at 11 a.m. and a Christian burial will follow in Pine Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers are Ian Silverton, Byron L. Schiesz II, Chris Gabennesch, Stack Bell, Dan Valentine, Eric Hart, Aidan Silverton & Beckham Schiesz.
Condolences and memories may be left for the family at akardfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are being handled by Akard Funeral Home of Bristol, Tennessee, in conjunction with Knox Funeral Home of Barbourville and Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
Published on May 26, 2017
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