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Memorial services for Jo Anne Casey, 82, of Pryor, were held on Friday, February 3, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Claremore. Pastors Ray Crawford and Dylan Ward officiated. Services were entrusted to Stephens-Key Funeral and Cremation Care.
Edna Jo Anne Teter was born on October 16, 1934 in Pryor, Oklahoma to Lewis Leon "Dick" Teter and Opal Faye (Rogers) Barr. On March 7, 1985 she married Leonard Ray Casey in a double wedding with her brother and sister-in-law, J. L. Teter and Joanna Morgan Littlefield.

Jo Anne was Class President for Pryor High School Class of 1953. During the same year she was Head Cheerleader, State TNI Sweetheart, and Fort Gibson Dam Queen. In the spring of 1953, she graduated on a Friday night and went to work the following Monday for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company where she was a Service Rep in Pryor for over 30 years. Jo Anne was inspired by Maco Painter to always do her very best and she shared this inspiration with those she cared about. In 1983, Southwestern Bell closed the Pryor Business Office and they transferred her to Oklahoma City where she worked 2 years before retiring in 1986.

Jo Anne was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Claremore, Oklahoma. She was past president of Pryor Business and Professional Women, a Board Member for Mayes County Historical Society, and served several years as Treasurer for Pryor High School Alumni Reunion and the Pryor Creek Optimist Club. Jo Anne was registered with the Cherokee Nation and was active in the Indian Women's Pocahontas Club, Tuesday Study Club, Southwestern Bell Pioneers, and several bridge clubs. She was also a RSU Bit by Bit volunteer and a Hospice volunteer.

Jo Anne was the oldest of a four-generation Pryor Creek Optimist Membership that included herself, daughter Teri, granddaughter Suanne, and great-grandson Buddy. Her husband is a Past Oklahoma District Optimist Governor and together they enjoyed traveling and meeting new and old Optimist Friends across the State of Oklahoma and at the Annual International Optimist Conventions held each July throughout the United States.

Jo Anne enjoyed traveling, reading, storytelling, and playing games.

She is survived by her husband Leonard Casey of Claremore; her daughter and son-in-law Teri and Mike Hill of Pryor; three grandchildren Suanne Crockett of Adair, Kristen and husband Mike Gregory of Edmond, and Josh and wife Trista Hill of Claremore. Also surviving her are eight great grandchildren; Buddy, Cinch, Brynn, Tyler, Tavin, Dixie, Ellie, and Tucker; two nephews, Mike Teter of Mountain Home, Arkansas and Rev. Patrick Teter of Seneca, Missouri and her sister in law Joanna Teter of Pryor.

She is also survived by two step-daughters Karen & husband Wayne Penazek of Tucson Arizona, Arlene and husband Carl Kinser of Tulsa, one step-son Matt and wife Jamie Casey of Claremore and five step-grandchildren Nathaniel, Aaron, Benjamin, Skylar and Briana.

She is preceded in death by her parents, an infant daughter Joanna Marlene, her brother Lewis Teter, her step-father James Barr, her sister-in-law Geraldine Teter, her mother-in-law Marie Casey and her first husband Marland (Red) Littlefield.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Jo Anne's honor to the Pryor Creek Optimist Club account at Red Crown Credit Union.
Published on February 3, 2017
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