Mary Jo Weldon
Mary Jo Weldon
  • November 5, 1923 - December 12, 2017
  • Williamsburg, Virginia

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Mary Jo Weldon made her way to heaven on December 12, 2017 after living a rich and happy life of 94 years. Born on November 5, 1923 in Bassett, Arkansas, she moved in her early years with her mother, father and older brother through the small towns and farm country of northern Mississippi and west Tennessee. Her fondest childhood memories came from growing up on the Henning Farm along the banks of the Mississippi River near the town of Halls, Tennessee. After high school, spanning the years of World War II, she attended and graduated from the Univ. of Mississippi. In 1946, she met and married Bill Weldon, Sr., her beloved husband and companion for the next 51 years.

Throughout her life, the first object of her affections and devotion was her family. As a wife, mother and grandmother, she was selfless, always placing the wellbeing and happiness of family members before any consideration for her own wants and needs. Anyone who ever had a conversation of more than a few minutes with Mary Jo was sure to learn about that family and gain a sense of her love for them. Her three sons will tell you that without doubt she was the best mother that ever lived.

At different times during her life, Mary Jo worked as a teacher and teachers' aide. She often recalled the years she worked with special needs kids as the most meaningful and rewarding of her professional career. For years, she was an active member of the Toano Women's Club, Mount Vernon Methodist Church, and Stonehouse Presbyterian Church.

Mary Jo was preceded in death by her father, Joseph Lawrence Brown, her mother, Carrie Dean Brown, and her husband, Bill. She is survived by her sons, Bill, Jr. and wife Eileen, Tom and wife Anita, Bob and wife Kathy, by grandchildren Travis, Megan and husband Scott, and Helen, and great-grandchildren Chase and Lily. She is also survived by all people who practice love and kindness and reject greed and selfishness.

A celebration service will be held at Mount Vernon Methodist Church in Toano at 2:30 P.M. on Monday, December 18, with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers her family requests that contributions in her name be made to Mount Vernon Methodist Church, Toano, VA.