Funeral services for Jo Ann Salyer, 75, Lawrence will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 3, 2011 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. She died September 28, 2011 at her home.
She was born on February 20, 1936 in Stafford County, KS the daughter of C.C. and Mildred Forrester Höhner.
She attended Belpre Elementary school and then attended Larned schools where she graduated in 1954. While in high school, she was an accomplished musician and received awards for state competitions for two years. She later attended the University of Kansas where she played in the orchestra.
She helped her husband as a bookkeeper for Salyer Pharmacy and later at the Round Corner Drug Store. They lived in Larned, KS, Fremont, NE, and Wichita, KS, before moving back to Lawrence in 1970.
She was a member of the KU Alumni Association, she was an avid KU sports fan especially, basketball.
She married James Edward Salyer on July 30, 1954 in Larned, KS. He survives of the home.
Other survivors include one daughter, Pamela Jo Salyer, and her partner, Kirby Price, Lawrence; one son, Dennis Salyer, and wife, Peggy, Lawrence; and two grandchildren, Lucas Houk, and his wife, Brandy and Taletha Jo Lehmann, and husband, Owen and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, James Patrick “Pat” Salyer in 1978; and one brother, Dwayne Höhner in October 2010.
The family will receive friends from 2 -4 p.m. on Sunday at the mortuary.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to KU Endowment – Music Department and may be sent in care of the mortuary.