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Helen Josephine 'Jo' Choate of New Burnside

updated: 7/27/2021 9:11 AM

Helen Josephine "Jo" Choate, 86, of New Burnside died at 5:32 p.m. Friday July 16, 2021 at Carrier Mills Nursing and Rehab Center.

Funeral services will held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at Felty Funeral Home in Carrier Mills. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until service time Wednesday. Burial will be in Little Saline Cemetery and the Rev. Jeff Owens will officiate.

She was born on Oct. 11, 1934 in Stonefort to the late Coy and Mary (Shadowens) Evans.

She married Carl Choate on Feb. 8, 1954 and he preceded in death on Nov. 7, 2016.

She worked as a dietary aid for many years before her retirement. She loved spending time with children and was especially fond of her grandchildren. She also attended Stonefort General Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Randall "Randy" (Debbie) Choate of Ozark and Brian (Laura) Choate of Herrin; daughter, Kelley (Charles) Bates of Marion; six grandchildren, Lance (Desirea) Choate, Forrest Zaranti, Elizabeth (T.J.) Glowiak, Ariel Choate, Lexie (Sterling) Price and Kolten Choate; and eight great-grandchildren, Delaney Choate, Leslie Choate, Selina Hackney, Siri Hackney, Maximus Price, Karsyn Choate, Aleia Price and Calum Price.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl Choate; son, Marty Choate; and three brothers, Leon Evans, Bob Evans and Richard Evans.