Jo Anne Doran

August 22, 1949 - May 15, 2022

08/22/1949 - 05/15/2022

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Funeral Service
Saturday June 18, 2022
2:00 pm
Tidewater Central Church of the Nazerne
5514 Parliment Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 497-8703 | Directions
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Celebration of Life

Jo Anne Doran lived an amazing 72 years (1949 – 2022), sharing her love of life with all she encountered. She had one of the most genuine and uplifting smiles. If you ever had the pleasure of being with Jo, you know that you were in the presence of love and light.

Jo created a legacy of kindness, generosity, and social responsibility. Her legacy lives on through her husband, Dean, who deeply loved for over 55 years and will continue, daughter Tabatha (Rob), their children Sophie, Hannah, Ian, son Willie (Cindy), their children, Kelli, Eric, Josh, and Ethan, and sister Doris Friend.

Jo was active in church life, chaperoning touring adventures, building a church in Dominican Republic, and her most favorite, teaching Sunday school for the little children. She could be found helping out wherever needed with a smile on her face.

Creating and giving were her love languages. Jo was an extremely talented seamstress, crocheted and gifted the most amazing afghans, and baked an array of delicious cookies and baked goods.

Jo was one of THE best huggers. Whenever you parted ways she always gave a giant love-filled hug. Although we will miss those hugs, we take comfort in knowing that many people have learned the art of the Jo Anne Doran hug.

“People need people.” Jo Doran 2021

Jo will be Celebrated June 18th, 2022 at 2:00 pm at her church.
We ask that everyone wear Pink to celebrate her spirit.

In place of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to one of the following:

ForKids – Breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families & children

Cure Alzheimer’s Fund – A non-profit organization dedicated to funding research with the highest probability of preventing, slowing or reversing Alzheimer’s disease.

Location –
Tidewater Central Church of the Nazarene
*5514 Parliament Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23462*

For those who aren’t able to attend in person, the Celebration will be streamed.

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Brandy Anger McCoy
1 year ago

Although I never knew you,I cherish you. Your memory will live on through your family and those that know you.

Joan Webb Musser
1 year ago

So sorry for your lose. While I never met Jo she sounds like a very amazing and loving person. Rejoice in the warmth of her spirit.

Carolyn & Dean MacAdam
1 year ago

She made a difference. Our walk with Christ blossomed because she took the time and shared His love. There are so many memories of our friendship that make me smile. I can’t imagine the amount of hugs and smiles that were waiting for her. We love you Dean and are praying comfort for you and your family.

Joan E. Phillips
1 year ago

Dear Milton and Family, My deepest sympathy to all of you at the loss of Jo Anne. In Christian love, Joan Elliott-Phillips

Ronald N Wallace
1 year ago

Milt, was so sorry to hear about your wife. May God hold you and your family in the palms of his hands during this difficult time.

Sue Miller
1 year ago

Dean, Our hearts ache for you and your family. Jo was a beautiful, precious, loving lady with a huge smile and warm hug. We know that she is having a joy filled time in the presence of her savior. We are praying for the Lord to wrap you all in His arms of love as you navigate daily without her physical presence. We love you! Sue & Chuck Miller