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“I had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Kearns the summer she and her husband bought their place at the beach. She had a wonderful personality and you...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Mychalene Deese - NC

“Rest in Peace Joan! Fam Velez ”
2 of 20 | Posted by: Esther Burgos - Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

“Marshall, Girls, and family,We are so sorry for your loss. Jo Ann was one of a kind. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: Stephanie & Keith Jurney - NC

“Marshall,I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family during this difficult time. Stay strong my friend.--Chris ”
4 of 20 | Posted by: Chris Latkovic - Avon, OH

“I was very sorry to hear of your loss Marshall. My prayers will be with you and your family. If you or family need anything, please let me know. ...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: ADAM MCCOOMB - Rocky Hill, CT

“When words fail, Gods love carries us through our deepest sorrows. May the God who,"binds up the broken-hearted and comforts all who mourn" sustain...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I'm so sorry for your loss. Marshall, I'm sure the love you shared will comfort you in the days ahead. ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: John Madigan - West Hartford, CT

“I have felt sad all day knowing that Jo Ann is no longer with us. I taught next door to Jo Ann at Hertford Grammar in NC. She made teaching fun! We...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Carolyn Peel - Elizabeth city, NC

“So sorry for the loss of this great woman ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Cindy Harris - High Point

“Jo Ann and I were friends in middle school and high school. We spent hours jumping on her trampoline and playing pool in their converted garage. She...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Jami Burns - Chapel Hill, NC

11 of 20 | Posted by: T W - BALTIMORE, MD

“Thinking of you and wishing you peace and comfort. May God be with you and your family. ”
12 of 20 | Posted by: Brenda Alcázar Sabana Grance

“Marshall, I am so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved wife. Condolences to the entire family. Keeping you and your family in our prayers...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Joe Spagna - Wethersfield, CT

“Marshall, I hope that our Lord brings you and your family the much-needed peace during this sad time. My condolences to you and your family. ”
14 of 20 | Posted by: Rosa Davila - Sabana Grande

“Im so sorry for your loss please let me know if you need anything ”
15 of 20 | Posted by: Melissa Lundquist - West Hartford, CT

“Marshall, So sorry for your loss. Please know that we are all thinking of you and your family. Be Strong. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Jeff Broadway - Washington, NC

“So glad I got to meet Mrs. Kearns even though it was briefly she had a warm personality. So happy to have known her and the rest of her loving...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Gretchen Karr - Womelsdorf, PA

“Jo Ann Kearns was a sweet and loving person, adored by all she met. I loved getting to know her at college and spending time with her after that....Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Kevin & Danielle Sullivan - DE

“So sorry for your loss. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Amy Alexander - Scotland Neck, NC

“I will be keeping your family in my prayers.I had not seen Jo Ann since high school but still have fond memories of her. She had a great laugh and...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Delores Warren Hall - NC - Friend

"Be the change you wish to see in the world" - Mahatma Gandhi. Jo Ann Lassiter Kearns, 55, of West Hartford passed away peacefully Monday, December 12, 2016 surrounded by her beloved family, following a six month illness. Born November 25, 1961, she was the daughter of Albert E. Lassiter and Hazel Braswell Lassiter of Washington, NC. She received a degree in education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. With her passion for teaching, she touched the lives of many children throughout the South and Northeast. This will be her lasting legacy. Most recently she was working with special needs children within the West Hartford school system. Jo Ann was involved with both USA and Connecticut Swimming for 15 years. She loved her family, friends, her dogs, the beach, the sun, the water and traveling to new places. All who had the privilege of knowing her, were changed for the better. She is survived by her husband, Marshall Cooper Kearns; two daughters, Ann Ragan Kearns and Sarah Cooper Kearns; and her sister, Gwen Lassiter Myers. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm at St. James's Episcopal Church, 1018 Farmington Ave., West Hartford, CT where the family will receive friends. A funeral service will be held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in High Point, NC on Tuesday, December 20, 2106 at 2:00pm. The family will meet with friends after each of the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Autism Speaks. Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home, West Hartford has care of arrangements. For online condolences and directions please visit