Mary Jo Cole passed away May 9, 2018. A time of visitation and remembrance will be 1:00PM – 2:00PM Monday May 14, 2018 at Elmwood Funeral Home, 5750 Hwy 277 South in Abilene, Texas. A graveside service will follow beginning at 2:00PM in Elmwood Memorial Park, 5750 Hwy 277 South conducted by Reverend Mark Taylor of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano.
Mary Jo was born May 7, 1928 to Mocking and Viola Gray in Stamford, Texas. She was baptized into Christ at Calvary Baptist of Stamford as a small child. Mary Jo met Odis Cole in Stamford, Texas and they were married June 7, 1943 in Anson, Texas. The couple celebrated 50 years of marriage just months before Odis was called home on October 21, 1993. They moved to Abilene in 1948 and Mary Jo was a member of the community until she moved in 2013 to be close to her daughter in Murphy, Texas. She was a faithful member of University Baptist Church of Abilene until she moved and became a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Plano. She enjoyed attending bible study and church events. Mary Jo loved to play cards and games with friends, read and to garden but most of all she loved spending time with her family. She was a selfless Mother, Mimi, and Aunt Mary Jo; consistently put her family's needs before her own.
She is preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Odis E. Cole; grandson, Sgt. Wesley R. Durbin; special nephew, Coy S. Cole; and sister, Helen Horn.
Mary Jo is survived by her children, John E. Cole and wife Sharon, Ronald L. Cole and wife Jan; and Carole J. Durbin and favorite son in law Randy; grandchildren, Teri Newsom, Paul Cole, Kenny Durbin, and Dylan Cole; two great grandchildren; and special great nephew, Jud Cole. In addition Mary is survived by many nieces, nephews and loving in-laws.
Pallbearers for the service will be grandson's Kenny Durbin, Paul Cole, Dylan Cole, Jud Cole, Scott Newsom, and Will Newsom.
Carole’s mama, sweet Mary Jo, possessed the fruits of the Spirit in her Christ-like walk in this life. We are all certain that our Lord greeted her with “Well done, my good & faithful servant!”
Sheryl Herring ReifFort Worth, TX
Aunt Mary Jo was a sweet lady and will be missed. My mom, Sylvia was extremely fond of her. She was always at any function for the Cole side of the family . Very sorry for your loss.
Debbie RollinsAmarillo, TX
Mimi was an amazing person, she was the best Mimi ever. Wesley and I loved Mimi so much and she was the best great grandma that Tamara and Ian could have ever had. We will miss her so much
Brandi DurbinCLARKSVILLE, TN
Mary Jo was a wonderful friend with high standards and godly values. Whether we discussed religion, politics, or the moral decline of current cultural values, Mary Jo had an opinion and held to it. She loved the Lord, and we now find comfort knowing He has called her to her eternal home in Heaven.
Jo Ann DennisAbilene, TX
So sorry for your loss! Mimi was a wonderful grandmother to my boys!
SHIRLEY SPARKSAbilene, TX