Jo Lorraine Pugh

Birth Date: 
Thursday, April 9, 1953
Date of Passing: 
Sunday, December 9, 2018

WOOSTER – Jo L. Pugh was born Jo Lorraine Mock in Sabetha Kansas on April 9, 1953 to parents Jack and Vernelle Mock. She passed away after battling cancer on Sunday, December 9, 2018 at her home.   She lived her entire school life in Sabetha,Kansas and graduated there in 1971. You could often see Jo (Jody) at Sycamore Springs outside of Sabetha, Kansas where she taught swimming lessons and lifeguarded every summer of High School. Jo attended 2 years at Kansas State University in the horticulture field. She married the love of her life and best friend Bill Pugh in 1981. He survives. They shared their lives with 2 sons, Mitchell Pugh, deceased,and Scott Pugh of Wooster, Ohio. Scotts fiance, Hayley Rambo and Grandsons Brody and Masyn Pugh have joined our little family.


Jo's father, Jack Mock passed away in 1992 and Jo's Mother, Vernelle Mock still resides in Sabetha Kansas and has been a constant source of wisdom, strength, and Faith these many years. Jo's brother Greg Mock, and sister in law Deann Mock reside in Sabetha Kansas as well. Also, surviving are 2 special aunts, Jeannine Mock of Overland Park, Kansas and Mary Ann Mock of Topeka, Kansas. Jo's extended family includes Gene and Carol Pugh, Scott and Janet Pugh, Joe and Cyndi Harmon and Mother in Law Esther Pugh. Surviving also are several nieces and nephews and Great nieces and nephews. Many beloved cousins remain in Ne, Kansas, Colorado, Wisconsin, and Washington.

Jo had a multifaceted life with many interests and jobs. Mostly she enjoyed being a wife and mother. Jo believed highly in volunteerism. She volunteered at several churches during the years and helped with the Nehemiah Mission in Cleveland thru Wooster United Methodist Church for 4 years. Also, Jo was a long- time volunteer at the Habitat Restore in Wooster Ohio in many different capacities. For several years you could find her volunteering at the local equine therapy arenas as horses were a first love. Jo also worked several years for area preschools as an aid.

Bill and Jo enjoyed living 2 years in McAllen Texas and 6 years in Palatka Florida but have lived 28 years in Wooster, Ohio (With a detour living in the wonderful community of Dalton Ohio for 6 years .. The real home for Jo was still Sabetha Kansas where she maintained very deep friendships. Also, deep friendships remain with a group of "sisters in purple" from Kansas State University where they had lived in a dorm together.                                                                           -

There will be a casual celebration of Life in Wooster Ohio at Mcintire, Bradham, and Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. with Rev. Jim Cooper officiating and another service will be held in her hometown of Sabetha, Kansa at Sabetha United Methodist Church. Private inurnment will be held in Kansas.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, Jo would very much have appreciated memorial donations being made to Wooster United Methodist Church 243 N. Market, Wooster Ohio 44691, Habitat for Humanity in WayneCounty 6096 E. Llncolnway Wobster, Ohio 44691 Or Lifecare Hospice 1900 Akron Rd. Wooster, Ohio. 44691.

Online condolences may be left for the family at


Memorial Contributions: 

In lieu of flowers or gifts, Jo would very much have appreciated memorial donations being made to Wooster United Methodist Church 243 N. Market, Wooster Ohio 44691, Habitat for Humanity in WayneCounty 6096 E. Llncolnway Wobster, Ohio 44691 or Lifecare Hospice 1900 Akron Rd. Wooster, Ohio. 44691.


Family will greet friends following service


Memorial Service on Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home


So sorry to hear this Bill. I wish peace, strength and nothing but the best for you and your family.

My heartfelt condolences and wishes for peace and comfort to all of Jo's family, the center of her universe. Jo's involvement with Habitat was immeasurable, and that little garden on Larwill Street is only one testament of her commitment to make this world a better place. Well done, Jo. Heaven certainly welcomed another "best of the best"!

My condolences to the entire family and all who had the pleasure of knowing Jo. I am certainly blessed to have been one of those people, even if only for a short while.

Dear Bill and family,
Please accept our sincere condolences and wishes for comfort and peace as you grieve and remember your time on earth with Jo.
We marveled at her tromping through the snow to be sure the birds were fed and will very much miss seeing her taking care of God's critters.

Your backyard neighbors,

Dave and Sonja Tugend

Deepest sympathy to you Bill and Scott.May many years of memories be forever in your heart

I am so sorry for you loss. I am so grateful to have been blessed by Jo and her warm smile. Peace to you all at this time.

Dear Bill and family,
Please accept our condolences and deepest sympathy. We are sorry that we were unable to personally convey our sympathies at the Memorial Service for Jo on Dec. 13th.
May your hearts be filled with peace and surrounded by love as you mourn her passing in the coming days, months and years. Jo's love and care is a part of your hearts now and forever.

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