B. Joann "Jo" Durbin Ragsdale, 83, of Shelbyville, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Heritage House.
Born November 30, 1939 in Shelby County, she was the daughter of William Durbin and Bertha (Stickford) Durbin. She married Phillip Ragsdale on September 22, 1962, and he preceded her on June 10, 2001.
Survivors include 3 children- Brad Ragsdale (wife Donna) of Shelbyville, 2 daughters- Brenda "Bre" Newton of Shelbyville, Barbara "Barbie" Wayman of Greenwood; a sister Janice Spheger (husband Kent) of Noblesville; 2 brothers- Dale Durbin (wife Rosalie) of Homer, Harold Durbin of Rush County; 5 grandchildren- Samantha Miller, Jessica Cawthon, Jason Ragsdale, Christopher
Wayman, Sara Wasson; and 2 great grandchildren- Alexis Jo Miller, and Connie Elizabeth Miller.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her spouse, 2 brothers- Willard and Fred Durbin, and a sister Katherine Comstock.
Mrs. Ragsdale was a lifelong resident of this area, and graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1957. She had been employed in several Shelby County government offices, including dispatcher
for the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and the Clerk's office for several years, as well as serving as Addison Township Accessor from 1999-2002. She was a member of First Christian Church, Shelbyville Order of Eastern Star, a charter member of Optimist Club of Shelby County, a life member of Kappa Kappa Sigma Sorority, serving as National Chapter's President in 1998.
Joann enjoyed sewing, baking, making candy, (she was well known for her peanut brittle), and gardening. She loved being with family and friends and working on the computer.
Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with Pastor Beth Crouch officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Thursday morning from 11:00 am until the time of the service.
Memorial contributions can be made to Riley Children's Hospital, Salvation Army, or the Multiple Sclerosis Association, in care of the funeral home.