A Girl Named Joe
In the mid 1940s, there was a cute girl attending Peoria High School named JoAnn Riggs. JoAnn was a school cheerleader, leading cheers from the crowd hoping for a game win for the team.
JoAnn attended the Peoria Presbyterian Church and was active in the evening youth group called Westminster Fellowship.
JoAnn joined after high school. JoAnn left Peoria and returned about 1960 with a husband named James Pennock. James was a pharmaceutical salesman. James and JoAnn raised three children: Paul, Willie, and Patti Jo. James, Willie, and Patti predeceased JoAnn.
JoAnn joined Peoria Presbyterian on January 22, 1967 by confession of faith and adult baptism. Jo had a good voice, sang in the choir, and sang solos for special occasions. Jo just liked to sing. Jo was ordained a Deacon at P.P.C. on January 15, 1984 and served as a Deacon into the 2000s. Jo was a good and caring Deacon. Jo also was a part of the ladies sewing group.
At home there were several cats that were well fed. There were several feeding stations in the yard and in her garage. In the backyard, was a flock of chickens that were also well cared for. Jo was good to share fresh eggs with the church family. People saved their used egg cartons for Jo.
When the Pennocks went on vacation out of the area, they pulled a two wheel trailer with the words painted on the back; “Peoria, Arizona”.
After Jim died and the tree children were out of the nest, Jo lived alone with cats and the egg makers until she fell and broke bones and had to go into a care center which she enjoyed because she was able to entertain the residents with her singing.
We will miss Jo for choir practice and all church functions. As Jo joins the Choir of Angels she is not forgotten at P.P.C. Thank you Jo for your years of service at P.P.C.
Jo was also a registered nurse caring for a neighbor when he got his hand in his power saw.