Jo Ann (“Jodi”) Abbott


Jo Ann (“Jodi”) Abbott passed away May 27th, 2022.

Jodi passed away in her sleep early in the morning on May 27th, 2022 in Shoreline, WA. The month before she had celebrated her 91st birthday. She was born to Levi and Florence Sprinkle on April 20th, 1931 and raised in Denver, CO where she lived on the same street as the Olympic athlete, Babe Zaharias. She had two younger brothers, Bob and Dale and a younger sister, Janet.

She graduated from Wheatridge High School in 1949. Her love for snow skiing started in high school, although that involved skiing mainly with the guys since not many girls skied in the 1940’s. Jodi also loved hiking and talked about the time she climbed Long’s Peak, over 14,000 ft high. She loved mountains and waterfalls. Jodi and her family attended the Denver First United Presbyterian Church. Jodi attended one of the church’s colleges, Monmouth College in Illinois for 2 years to study biology which allowed her to work a summer at the Marine Biological Lab at Wood’s Hole on Cape Cod before transferring to Denver University to complete the St Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing. She became involved with the DU Inter Varsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF) where she came to know the Lord Jesus Christ in a personal way. While in Pueblo, CO for her psychiatric nurse’s training, she helped start an Inter Varsity chapter at Pueblo Junior College. She also led the Nurses Christian Fellowship at St. Luke’s. She met Stephen Abbott, who was the president of the University of Wyoming IVCF at a retreat at Bear Trap Ranch in Colorado and they later wed on September 4th, 1954. She transferred to the University of Wyoming where she was also involved with Inter Varsity as well as a ministry with International Students. In Laramie, Jodi finished her Bachelor of Science in Nursing as well as a teaching degree in Science. Her first child, Paul was born in Laramie as well as her second child, Jere Ann. The family then moved to the San Diego, CA area where Stephen earned his Master’s degree at San Diego State and Jodi worked as a nurse in a clinic part-time. The family attended a Hispanic outreach church in San Ysidro, Grace Brethren, where Stephen often preached and Jodi taught Sunday School as well as played the piano. Her last two children, Mark and Jo Alene were born in California. In 1969 they moved to Cottage Grove, OR where Stephen began work on his PhD at the University of Oregon and Jodi became a School Nurse in the South Lane School District at various schools but mainly at Twin Oaks Elementary School and Bailey Hill Elementary School. Later when the School Nurse program was cut back to part-time, Jodi earned her Master’s degree in Counseling at the University of Oregon (evenings and weekends) so she could keep working full-time as a School Nurse & Counselor. In Cottage Grove the family attended the Conservative Baptist Church where Jodi was a deaconess. Jodi encouraged her kids to get involved with 4-H, which she had done as a child. All four of her children participated in 4-H in Cottage Grove. When Mark entered high school at South Eugene, the family moved to Eugene in 1976. Jodi and Stephen eventually made Faith Center their home church where they both ran the International Student Sunday School among other activities. After Stephen’s early death in 1988, Jodi retired from her job in 1991 and shortly thereafter traveled to Changchun, China where she taught English with a Christian evangelical organization for two years. At the conclusion of her teaching stint, she rode the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Beijing to Helsinki. She enjoyed traveling and visited her children in Mali, Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Mauritania, New Zealand, the Philippines, Kenya and Israel as well as visiting a myriad of other countries. She enjoyed experiencing other cultures and meeting people from all over the world. In 2005, she moved from Eugene to Vashon Island, WA to live closer to her son Mark and daughter, Jo Alene. She was active at the Vashon Island Community Church, taught Laughter Classes at the Senior Center and volunteered with International Students Inc. at the University of Washington. She completed her last tandem parachute jump on her 60th birthday along with her grandson Jesse. At 65 she went whitewater rafting in Class IV rapids. She made her last ski trip to Sun Valley when she was 80. In her final years, she would snowbird between Vashon Island and Nouakchott, Mauritania (West Africa) where her son Paul and his family lived. During her final years she lived comfortably at Garden View Residential Care in Shoreline, WA that specializes in dementia care, just minutes from her daughter, Jo, who was able to check up on her often. Jodi was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen and sister, Janet. She is survived by her brothers Bob and Dale, children Paul, Jere Ann, Mark and Jo Alene, grandchildren Brenna, Kalie, Jesse, Marcos and Carmen and one great grandchild, Cyrus. A memorial open to all will be held on Sunday, July 24th at 11:00 am at the Willamette National Cemetery at 1800 SE Mt Scott Blvd in Clackamas, OR where she will be buried with her husband, Steve, a Korean War veteran. The short memorial will be at Committal Shelter 4 in Area D of the cemetery followed by a 12 noon reception nearby at the banquet room at The Old Spaghetti Factory at 12725 SE 93rd Ave, Clackamas, OR where lunch will be provided. In lieu of flowers, request a donation in memory of Jo Ann Abbott be sent to Shasta Thrive, an organization her son Paul works with that assists the homeless in Redding, CA: https://www.shastathrive.org/donate

 

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