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Mary Alta "Jo" Sweet, 102, of Lafayette, Ind., formerly of Danville, passed away Monday, January 8, 2018, in Lafayette.
Jo was born the daughter of James and Lena (Hurt) White in Willow Shade, Ky., on June 7, 1915.
Jo married Paul Thomason in 1944. He preceded her in death in 1946. She later married Eugene Sweet in 1949. He preceded her in death in 1971.
Jo is survived by one daughter, Scheryl (Mike) Gaylor; two granddaughters; three step-grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and four step-greatgrandchildren.
Jo was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands and all six of her siblings.
Jo moved to Covington, Ind., in the 1940s where she lived until moving to Danville in 1973.
Jo was a proud nurse, graduating from Lakeview School of Nursing in Danville in 1950. She loved being a nurse and worked for Dr. Stevens in Covington, as a private duty nurse in Danville, a pharmacy nurse at Lakeview Hospital, an onsite nurse at Olin (currently Flexel), and Director of Nursing at St. Elizabeth in Danville.
Jo retired at the age of 85 as the Director of Nursing at International Nursing Home. Upon her retirement, Jo volunteered every week at United Samaritans Hospital until the age of 98. As a long-time member of East Park Church of Christ, Jo founded the Thursday School program. She also was a member of the Teddy Bear program for the ER at United Samaritans Hospital and quilted for the Schultz-Lewis Children's Home in Valparaiso, Ind. Jo enjoyed quilting, sewing, gardening and shopping.
Visitation for Jo will be 4-8 p.m. CST Thursday, January 11, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 3940 N. Vermilion St., Danville. Services will be at 10 a.m. CST Friday, January 12, at East Park Church of Christ, 1224 E. Voorhees St., Danville, with Dennis Floyd officiating. Burial will follow in Stearns Cemetery in Fithian, Ill.
Please join Jo's family in sharing memories, pictures and video on her Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com
Published on January 9, 2018
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