She was born on November 12, 1957, in Port Arthur, Texas. She attended public schools in Port Arthur, graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School, and then attended the University of Texas in Austin, where she met her husband, Richard Eklund. They married in 1984 and they lived in Austin for the remainder of her life.
Until her illness, Jo Ann was employed with Guardian Insurance, where she served for 19 years.
Jo Ann was preceded in death by her father, David Byrd Brannan and her in-laws, Col. Robert G. and Mary L Eklund [USAF ret.] of San Antonio, Texas. She is survived by her husband, Richard, of Austin; her mother, Eloice Bivens Brannan, of Shreveport, Louisiana, her sister, Pat Engel, and husband, Hayward, of McKinney, Texas; her brother, Drs. Mike, and wife, Patti Brannan, of Shreveport, Louisiana; nephews, David Heath, and wife, Mindy; Paul Heath, and wife, Julie, all of Dallas, Texas; Steven Brannan, and wife, Nicki, of Charlotte, North Carolina; Timothy Brannan, currently of the Dominican Republic; and a niece, Melissa Brannan Stewart, and husband, James, of San Rafael, California. She is also survived by Rae Eklund and her husband Donald Butler of Pflugerville, Texas, Elaine Eklund Penney and her husband Bryce of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Robert Eklund, Jr. and his wife Carol of Austin, TX and James Eklund and Johnnie Sielbeck of Buda, TX along with many nieces and nephews.
In addition, she is survived by those very dear to her, Lisa Coffman, Kristi Larabee (her “sisters”) and a list too long to begin, you know who you are. To all who knew and loved her, you knew she could have an iron fist but would always rather bring humor, light and love to all.
Jo Ann’s children were her friends, co-workers and rescue animals who all loved her and will miss her dearly. We wish to thank everyone that offered their support, care and prayers for her.
The family would also like to thank and acknowledge Dr. E. B. Smith, the staff of Texas Oncology and all of the Seventh Floor staff at Seton Medical Center for their superior, devoted and thoughtful care.
Arrangements are pending at this time. In lieu of flowers, we ask that a contribution in Jo Ann’s name be made to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice.
Jo Ann Eklund knew how to bring life, love and hope into the lives of everyone she touched.