Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1937

Jo Craver JO CRAVER BROWN, 100, of Fort Worth, TX was a lifelong Christian who passed away in her sleep on Jan. 10, 2021. Jo was interred in Laurel Land at Ft. Worth, alongside her husband in their crypt. After his 30-year wait she finally went to join him in eternal joy; may perpetual light shine upon them both. Pictured here at around forty years old, Ruby Jo ("Jo") Craver was born in Ranger, TX, in Eastland County on April 20, 1920, to Albert & Bettie Craver. She was one of six children, only three of whom survived childhood. Jo far outlived her adult siblings, brother J.C. Craver & sister Jen Hanson. After graduating Ranger High School in 1937, young Jo ventured forth to the big city of Fort Worth in Tarrant County. While attending Brantley Draughon Business College she met her husband-to-be, Tommie Brown. They had many the rendezvous at the Pig Stand on West 7th Street near their school, and in Feb. of 1939, they were married and began their life together, which lasted until Tom's death in 1991. Jo chose never to remarry but enjoyed her life until the end. While Jo was still a young mother, Tom went off to fight in France during World War II. She went to work at Consolidated Vultee, the bomber plant that made B-24 Liberator bomber, as a clerical worker. Until the wounded Tom made it back home, Jo's mother moved in with her to help with their oldest child, Judy. Later on after the war, two sons came along - first Paul, then David. As for many Americans, the 1950's were an idyllic time for the Brown Family. Although it was busy raising three children, in the early 1960's Jo became the proprietress of her own shop, Fashion Fabrics on Bluebonnet Circle. Though she only had it for a few years, it was right up her alley because she had an enduring love of and talent for sewing and embroidery. Jo was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, but never being a doting grandmother, was much more active in many organizations & groups over the years, including PTA while the kids were in school, the Fort Worth Women's Club (especially the garden section), and PEO. At First Presbyterian Church she was an integral member of the Ladies' Church Circle, was an Elder, and was regularly active in the Women's Association all the way up to the Synod of Texas level. Tom and Jo belonged to the English Speaking Union until his death. During her last two decades Jo resided at Broadway Plaza at Cityview, where she was well-known, popular, & sociable. There she participated in dancing, bingo, exercise, dominoes, and golf putting. She was in the Broadway Belles, a line- dancing group that performed at various skilled nursing facilities and even at Billy Bob's Texas! Her other great favorite was playing computer Solitaire on her laptop even at age 100. Remarkably during her tenure at Broadway, Jo beat two different forms of cancer and survived both a broken pelvis and a severe car wreck. Stoic and tough, she finally just wore out and passed away from natural causes. Jo is survived by her three children, Judy Calhoun of Minden, NV, Paul Brown and wife Pam of Bryan TX, and David Brown & wife Sharon of Dripping Springs, TX. She also leaves behind seven grandchildren (Shane, Chris, Mandy, Mary, Mallory, Emily, and Holly) and seven great-grandchildren.