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1933 Jo 2024

Jo Palovik

February 22, 1933 — May 29, 2024

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jo Ann Palovik, age 91, of Enid, will be 10:00 am, Friday June 7, 2024, at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church with Father Mark Mason officiating. Burial will be 3:00 pm, Friday June 7, 2024 at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Perry, OK. A rosary will take place Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 6:00 pm at the funeral home, under the direction of Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home and Crematory.

Jo Ann was fond of saying, “this too shall pass,” well she was correct, our sweet mom, memaw, great-memaw left her earthly body and met our Heavenly father on Wednesday, May 29, 2024.

Jo Ann was born February 22, 1933 in Fairview, OK to Veva Mae and Joe Howerton. She was educated in rural schools, and graduated from Longdale High School, followed by graduating from the Blackwell General Hospital School of Nursing. Jo Ann began her 40+ year nursing career at Perry Memorial Hospital, the ultimate nurse, (teasingly called Nurse Nancy); Jo Ann was always mending her kids, neighbors, and patients, and at times the family pets. After retirement, she volunteered with senior citizens centers and nutrition centers. At the age of 81, she “needed to take care of these old people”, which where her neighbors at her assisted living complex, most younger than her. Even up to her last days, she would try to join in on the shift change debriefs at her care center.

Jo Ann and Duane E. Palovik where married on April 17, 1955, they started their married life in Newkirk, OK where they had four children and lived for 24 years. In 1979, they moved back to Perry, even with a busy career and raising children, Jo Ann had a deep commitment to her church and community. She served as a member of the St. Francis of Assisi and St. Rose of Lima, along with decorating the church during the holidays. Her community involvement included being on the Board of the Pioneer Vo-Tech and serving a term as president. She was also a member of the Perry Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, Perry Noon Lions Club, and the Perry Elks Lodge Elkeets. From 1996 to 2006, Jo Ann was the volunteer manager of the Perry Memorial Hospital Gift Shop. She was the Beta Sigma Phi Woman of the year in 2005.

Jo Ann was preceded in death by her parents; husband Duane; friend Ferguson Hussey; and sister Della Huckleberry. She is survived by four children; Michael Palovik, and wife Jan of Marlow, OK; Stephen Palovik and significant other Sheri Donaldson of Wichita, KS; Dana McDaniel and husband Barry of Enid, OK; Dee Niles of Edmond, OK. Five grandchildren, Michelle Franks and husband Joe of Duncan, OK; John M. Palovik and wife Jessie of Edmond, OK; Chad McDaniel and wife Betsy of Enid, OK; Krista Dixon and husband Ben of Moore, OK; Erik McDaniel of Tulsa, OK; ten great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions in Jo Anns’ name may be made to American Cancer Society, St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, or St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home serving as custodian of the funds.

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Friday, June 7, 2024

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1924 West Willow Road, Enid, OK 73703

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