2014-08-14 / Obituaries

Jo-Anne Macready Calhoun

Jo-Anne Macready Calhoun was born on May 8, 1924 in Dayton, Ohio, which is also known as the birthplace of aviation.

Her family included John, NellieJay, Jo-Anne and sister Sally. They moved to California shortly after her father resigned from the United States Air Force where he was chief test pilot. He joined Shell Oil Company, and was the head of the company’s fledgling aviation department for the entire United States. The family was living in San Francisco at the time.

Jo-Anne attended Miss Kennedy’s grade school in San Francisco, Palo Alto High School, Merced High School and finally, Pendleton High School in Oregon, from which she graduated.

After graduation, Jo-Anne attended the University of Oregon where she pledged Delta Gamma sorority. She was there approximately two years, then she joined the United States Navy as a pharmacist’s mate, and she served with distinction for several years.

She eventually returned to civilian life in Merced, where she worked certifying people for welfare in Merced County.

Eventually she met and married Lew Calhoun and they had five children who survive her: Sally Jay, John, Steve, Barbara and Gena.

Jo-Anne was active in SCOPE, volunteering with the police department, checking on the security of vacant homes and was a volunteer at the hospital in Yuba City where she was living. She was involved in the family ranch, Macready Ranch in Mariposa, acting as vice president and secretary of the corporation.

She was also involved in the annual Mariposa County Pioneer Wagon Train activities until her health failed.

Jo-Anne had a private pilot license and owned and flew her Piper Cherokee airplane between Yuba City and the Mariposa-Yosemite Airport regularly. She was also one of the pilots who ferried the B-17 from Chico to Shreveport, La., honoring General Eaker on his birthday several years ago.

The past two or three years she had a series of small strokes which necessitated curtailing her activities somewhat, as well as her time on the ranch.

Her survivors include her children, Sally Jay, John, Steve, Barbara and Gena; her three grandchildren, Eric, Robert and Chase; one great-grandchild, Rhianna; her nephew Jeffrey Liston of Mariposa and her niece Jean Lux of Charlott, N.C.

Also surviving her is her sister, Sally Wallace of Chico. They were not only sisters but best friends and took many trips around the United States together, flying and driving.

A celebration of life will be held on Aug. 23, 2014 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Ruthie’s Restaurant in Yuba City.

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