The Duncan Banner

April 21, 2013

Shirley Jo Ann (Murphy) McCoy

March 21, 1933 — April 18, 2013

The Duncan Banner


Shirley Jo Ann (Murphy) McCoy, 80 of Duncan, passed away peacefully in her home on April 18, 2013, after bravely suffering through many physical disabilities and sicknesses 
A mass of Christian burial will be held 10 a.m., Tuesday, April 23, in the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church with Father Peter Jandaczek officiating.  
Burial will follow in the Catholic section of the Duncan Cemetery under the direction of the Don Grantham Funeral Home. A rosary service will be held 7 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel.
Jo Ann was born March 21, 1933, at Fort Worth, Texas, to Luther Duncan Murphy and Mary Gwendolyn (Smart) Murphy.  Her father was a career employee of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and served in many states during his career.  Consequently, Jo Ann’s early years were spent in numerous states including Texas, Ohio, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Washington DC.  
She graduated from high school in Ferris, Texas, in May of 1949. She attended college at North Texas State University and University of Arkansas.
In early 1956, Jo Ann’s father was assigned to the Federal Prison in El Reno. While there, she met William C. ‘Bill’ McCoy on a blind date and they were married on April 27, 1957, in the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at El Reno.
At the time of their marriage, Bill was working for Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Co. in Duncan and Jo Ann was working in the business office for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in El Reno. She transferred to Southwestern Bell in Duncan and she and Bill lived here until her death. She retired from AT&T in Duncan in 1985 with 22 years combined service with Southwestern Bell and AT&T, after taking a 10 year break to have children.
After retirement, she undertook a career of serving the community of Duncan and its various civic projects, which she truly enjoyed.
Jo Ann was a charter member of Traditional Study Club, member and past president of Chapter FJ, PEO and Friends of the Hospital. She served on the Board of Director of Hospice, Stephens County Mental Health Association and Stephens County Community Concert Association where she served as the first woman president.
Perhaps the crowning achievement for Jo Ann was that in 1986, at the request of the City of Duncan and the Chamber of Commerce, she served as fundraising coordinator of the Simmons Center project. This culminated in her being elected to the first Board of Directors of the Simmons Center, a position she held from 1989 to1999.  
Sometimes she was referred to as the ‘Godmother’ of the Simmons Center because of her ability to persuade a vast array of people to donate their talents and time to make the Simmons Center what it is today.
Also high on her achievement list is that in 1988 she was elected Woman of the Year by the Duncan Chamber of Commerce.  Jo Ann was proud of the work she did on the book covering the history of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, which was published in 2009. A copy is now in the archives of the Catholic Archdioces in Oklahoma City.  
Finally, Jo Ann loved to dance, ride bicycles, play bridge and attend her children’s and grandchildren’s activities.
Jo Ann is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bill of the home; three children Mike McCoy and wife Dr. Aleda Toma of Oklahoma City, Chris McCoy of Eureka Springs, Ark., and Melissa McCoy of Allen, Texas; one brother James Murphy and a sister Patricia Thompson both of El Reno; three grandchildren Leigh McCoy, Mark McCoy and Anneliese McCoy.  
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Jo Ann was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be greatly missed.  
Pallbearers will be her sons, Mike and Chris McCoy, her brother James Murphy, her grandson Mark McCoy, Henry Bonney and Reginald Lasater.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Assumption Catholic Church with the request that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass be offered in memory of and for the eternal salvation of Jo Ann; and in alternative, the Simmons Center in JoAnn’s name.
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