Jo Ann Moore, 80, of Richmond, Virginia, formerly of Pueblo, Colorado, passed away on Wednesday May 3, 2023. Born May 31, 1942, she was the daughter of the late Abel and Marina Martinez, and was also preceded in death by her husband, Gary Moore; son, Elvie Apodaca; daughters, Rhonda Dillon, Theresa Adams; and sister, Judy Durbin.
She was a former member of Galilee Baptist Church in Pueblo, Colorado, who's faith remained a guiding light throughout her life, providing her with strength and peace in challenging times.
As a young woman, Jo Ann embraced the joys and responsibilities of motherhood. She raised four children, instilling in them values of compassion, determination, and a strong work ethic. Her love and support were unwavering, and she took great pride in seeing her children grow into successful and compassionate individuals.
After her children were all in school, Jo Ann started her career as an x-ray technician. For about 15 years, she had the opportunity to work all over the country at many different hospitals, where she skillfully operated x-ray machines, providing crucial diagnostic assistance to doctors and ensuring the well-being of those under her care.
Jo Ann then transitioned into civil service at Fort Lee. For another 15 years, she dedicated herself to serving her country and contributing to the well-being of her community.
Outside of her professional life, Jo Ann found solace and joy in various hobbies. She had a talent for crafting and particularly enjoyed working with yarn. Her creations were a delight to behold, with her specialty being "poodle dogs" made of yarn. Jo Ann’s creativity and attention to detail were evident in each piece she lovingly crafted, bringing smiles to the faces of those who received them.
Jo Ann also had a fondness for the thrill of gambling. She enjoyed spending time at the casino, trying her luck and engaging in friendly banter with fellow gamblers. Her charismatic personality and warm spirit made her a beloved presence among her gambling community.
She is survived by her son, Max Apodaca; ten grandchildren, Alison Apodaca and husband, Mike Hubbard, Max Apodaca IV and wife, Kailee, Marina Apodaca, Michelle Apodaca, Mindy Sparks and husband, Robbie, Ericka Apodaca, Alesha Franklin and husband, R.J., Justin Adams, Henry Espinoza, Brian Espinoza and fiancé, Jamie Sniezek; several great-grandchildren; sister, Veta Quintana and husband, Martin; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.
Interment will be private. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com.