Jo Ellen Lennox

Born: Thu., Oct. 12, 1939
Died: Tue., Jul. 19, 2016


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jul. 30, 2016
Location: Holy Family Catholic Community Church


Visitation

10:00 PM to 11:00 PM, Sat., Jul. 30, 2016
Location: Holy Family Catholic Community Church


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Jo Ellen (Spangler) Lennox passed into God’s loving hands on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, following a lengthy illness.  Her strong love of life, unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of family, friends, caregivers and many supporters carried her through her journey.   Devoted wife, mother, and “Mema”, she was born on October 12, 1939 in Hagerstown, MD, the only child, and beloved daughter of Charles and Kathryn Spangler.  

Known for her ease in frequent conversation with even total strangers, she possessed a contagious smile and an entertaining sense of humor.  Throughout her life she maintained a positive attitude, a compassion for others, and a demeanor that won the trust and hearts of many.

After graduating from North Hagerstown High School in 1957, she attended Frostburg State Teacher’s College, where she met her husband, Edward W. Lennox. The couple wed on November 8, 1958 and raised five wonderful children.
Over the years, she held professional positions at St. John’s Elementary School, Meadows Van and Storage, Middletown High School and Wells Fargo Mortgage Co.  In 1981 she was President of the Frederick Business & Professional Women’s Club, and in 1985 voted Woman of the Year.  Upon her retirement in 2004, she and her husband continued as active volunteers in the Holy Catholic Family Community, the Parish where they have worshiped for over 20 years.

A woman of faith and the heart of the Lennox family, Jo Ellen was a true friend of nature.  She enjoyed nothing more than to coax nature to her porch, with a plethora of peanuts and birdseed.   In 2006, she helped to establish the “Eaglet Momsters,” a group of over 100 Eagle cam enthusiasts, dedicated to the Shepherdstown, WV nest site, and supporters of the Federal Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center.   She stayed connected daily with friends and family on Facebook, and there was no greater complement than being “stalked on Facebook by Mema.”

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Edward W. Lennox, and five children and their spouses; Kristen and John Leaf of Big Pool, Susan and Brian Koches of Catonsville, Jennifer and James Vallandingham of Knoxville, Michael and Donna Lennox of Frederick, and Charles and Susan Lennox of Middletown.  She leaves twelve grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, who were the light of her life, and she theirs.  

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at Holy Family Catholic Community, 7321 Burkittsville Rd., Middletown, MD 21769, on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 11:00 am.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Church.  A reception will be held immediately following, in the Legacy Room of the Church.   Interment will be private.
For more information, please call the Donald B. Thompson Funeral Home at 301-371-6070.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Holy Family Catholic Community of Middletown or to the Eagle Cam at NCTC c/o Steve Chase, 698 Conservation Way, Shepherdstown, WV 25443.

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Beverly Riffe
   Posted Wed July 20, 2016
There are hardly words to describe how sorry I am for the loss of Mema Jo. God bless you all during this time! Much love from the "Southern Delegation" as she called us Bluefield girls.

Delphia "Bird Girl" Strickland
   Posted Wed July 20, 2016
Dearest Jo, I am so happy that you are at peace now and no longer suffering. We all will miss your sparkle, your advice, your nest updates, and your smile. Peace, love, and light to your family. You will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. <3

Judy Eddy
   Posted Wed July 20, 2016
As the days and weeks pass,
and as you return to life's routine,
may you continue to feel comforted
by the love and support of family and friends.
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child.
My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories
of joyful times together a you celebrate a life well lived.
Take comfort in knowing that how you have a special guardian
angel to watch over you. It can be so hare to face the first
year without your loved one but the love of family and friends can carry you through
This is one of my favorite poems Love you JO
A Letter From Heaven - Ruth Ann Mahaffey
To my dearest family, some things Id like to say.
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven.
Here I dwell with God above.
Here, theres no more tears of sadness;
Here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through.
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, I welcome you.
Its good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, They'll be here later on.

I need you here so badly, you are part of my plan.
There is so much that we can do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night the days chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.

But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and Id like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who is in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night....My day was not in vain.
And now I am contented... that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick them up, as on your way you go.

When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when its time for you to go...from that body to be free.
Remember you're not going...you're coming here to me.
Love Judy Eddy Pinellas Park, Fl Eagle momster from the blog

Judy Eddy
   Posted Wed July 20, 2016
As the days and weeks pass,
and as you return to life's routine,
may you continue to feel comforted
by the love and support of family and friends.
No bond is as great as that between a parent and child.
My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve.
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories
of joyful times together a you celebrate a life well lived.
Take comfort in knowing that how you have a special guardian
angel to watch over you. It can be so hare to face the first
year without your loved one but the love of family and friends can carry you through


This is one of my favorite poems Love you JO
A Letter From Heaven - Ruth Ann Mahaffey
To my dearest family, some things Id like to say.
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven.
Here I dwell with God above.
Here, theres no more tears of sadness;
Here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through.
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, I welcome you.
Its good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, They'll be here later on.

I need you here so badly, you are part of my plan.
There is so much that we can do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night the days chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.
Because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.

But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and Id like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who is in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night....My day was not in vain.
And now I am contented... that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick them up, as on your way you go.

When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when its time for you to go...from that body to be free.
Remember you're not going...you're coming here to me.
Love Judy Eddy Pinellas Park, Fl Eagle momster from the blog

Candy Norrell
   Posted Wed July 20, 2016
Blessed Memories,
The beauty of a life well lived
becomes a legacy
that stays behind
and warms the heart
with every memory.

We all have such wonderful memories of Jo that we will be able to always remember her. To her family, I wish you healing and comfort during this difficult time. She is now with God and the Angels, soaring with the eagles! May she rest in peace.

Jewell McCollough
   Posted Wed July 20, 2016
To the family and friends of Jo Lennox

Jo was the guiding light in so many ways to so many of us. She was always kind, cheerful, and ready to celebrate our victories and sympathize with our sorrows. We miss her more than words can express, but we are happy that she is now in the arms of the Lord she loved and served, and her pain and suffering are over. We will never see an eagle, even a photo of an eagle, without remembering her with love. May God give us comfort in the days ahead as we remember the lessons Jo taught us.


Kelly Routzahn
   Posted Wed July 20, 2016
I am very sorry to hear of your moms passing, GOD bless you all at this sad time.

Patti Ferlisi
   Posted Wed July 20, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with all of Jo's family and friends. But we'll have our own special angel looking down on us. Miss you, Jo.

Keith LaCoste
   Posted Wed July 20, 2016
So sorry for the loss of your mom. I know she will be missed dearly by all of you. Just remember she still lives in all of you and she will see you again. Take care our prayers and thoughts are with you all. Keith

Ken & Valerie Dougherty
   Posted Thu July 21, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Lennox family during this difficult time. Ken & Val

Kay I. Moffett
   Posted Thu July 21, 2016
My thoughts and prayers will be with the entire Lennox family as you gather to celebrate the life of an extraordinary wife, mother, grandparent and friend. There will be a good contingency of Eagle Momsters in attendance for Jo was our matriarch and someone who made each of us feel special, respected and loved. She will be missed.

Deborah Chiappini
   Posted Thu July 21, 2016
Many prayers for Jo's family in this time of sorrow.

Janet Neely
   Posted Thu July 21, 2016
Sending deepest sympathies to the family. We on the blog are missing Jo and her wonderful spirit. Sending light , love, comfort and healing to one and all. Blessed Be.

Connie
   Posted Sat July 23, 2016
Susan and family, what a wonderful woman and a wonderful life! You are so blessed to have been wife and children of such a special woman. I only met JoEllen a few times, but each time was memorable. So sweet and kind. I know your hearts are heavy at this time. May God grant you peace and may he fill your heart and minds with many , many wonderful memories of such a special woman. Love to all. Connie

Lolly Ellis
   Posted Sat July 23, 2016
It is hard to express the sadness I feel. Mema Jo was so very special in so many ways. I first met her on the blog and she immediately reached out to me, So kind, friendly and helpful. I then was blessed to be able to travel to NCTC twice! My thought and prayers are with all of the family. She loved you so very much! God bless!

Christina Custer
   Posted Sun July 24, 2016
To all the Lennoxes (I know so many of you!):
I am sorry for the loss of your mother. I did not know her, but she seemed to have lived life to the fullest in her day. I hope that memories of growing up and being loved will help you through these days of grief. Prayers for your family.
chrissy

Deb Stecyk
   Posted Sun July 24, 2016
Our love of eagles brought us together ... gosh i think it was nearly a decade ago when we first connected ... Despite living in different countries and never having met face to face we became eagle buds! Jo was a living angel ... a kind and gentle spirit who wrapped her arms around each and everyone ... and despite her own health issues she left a positive imprint with everyone she came into contact with ... We miss you Jo ... Heartfelt sympathies to Ed and Jo's children and their families I hope warm memories you shared bring you comfort in the days, weeks and months ahead (((panda hugs))) to you all!

CarolAnne
   Posted Mon July 25, 2016
The years will come and go, but the love and memories will last forever.
Prayers for all who are hurting at this time. A special lady who touched so many lives in so many ways.

Judie and Frank Vajda
   Posted Thu July 28, 2016
Thank you Jo for your friendship and for enriching our lives.
Soar on the wings of eagles for eternity.

Frank and Judie

Paula Compton
   Posted Sat July 30, 2016
Jo, you are so dear in the hearts of many. I am privileged to be able to call you my friend. Soar on Eagles wings. Love Paula

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