Jo Ann (nee McDermott) Heard, 76, of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, passed away on September 12, 2021 with her husband and son by her side.
Jo Ann was born March 5, 1945, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Peter and Genevieve (nee Stolle) McDermott. A beloved wife, mother, aunt, sister, daughter, and friend, she devoted much of her life to caring for her family and friends, making sure her home was a comfortable haven for all. She volunteered her time to many school and scouting activities, and enjoyed sharing the products of her amazing culinary and baking skills with everyone.
Jo Ann was passionate about gardening and birds (particularly hummingbirds), and her vibrant flower beds and plants were often the envy of the neighborhood. She had a special interest in orchids, having at one point over 100 orchids of various types that she helped flourish and thrive over the years. Jo Ann was also a gifted crafter and maker. Her array of crafts included ceramics, sewing, and most especially, miniatures. She designed, created, and decorated many miniature scenes, vignettes, and dollhouses, in addition to fabricating much of the tiny elements that would populate these mini wonders.
Jo Ann is survived by her loving husband of 46 years, Mike Heard; her son Kevin Heard; her sisters Pat Henderson, Carol Schroyer, and Sandy Brown; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Jo Ann was preceded in death by her father, Peter Joseph McDermott; mother, Genevieve McDermott; brothers Edward and Joe McDermott; niece Melissa Mendiola; and nephew James Heard.
A visitation will be held on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm at Hutchens Stygar Funeral and Cremation Center 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Drive, St. Charles. A graveside service will be held at 1:30 pm at St Philippine Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Lung Association.