Jo Ann Salyer

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. 

19 Condolences

  1. Hank Voss on September 29, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    My condolences especially to my friend and co-worker, Lucas who loved and adored his grandmother.

  2. Don and Linda Strole on September 29, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    We are so sorry to hear about Joanne. Our deepest sympathy to all of you. You will be in our thoughts and prayer. With love, Don, Linda, Geoff and Nick

  3. Marie Turner and family on September 29, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    I am truly saddened by the passing of such a lovely person, one who played such an integral role in my childhood. Jim, Tally, and Lucas… we are thinking of you and praying for you.
    Love always,
    Marie Turner and family

  4. RON & LAURA BEAMAN on September 29, 2011 at 8:34 pm


  5. Amanda Larkin Boyce on September 29, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    So very sorry for your family’s loss. My thoughts are with you all during this time of healing.

  6. Vicki Penner on September 30, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Dear Jim,

    So sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

  7. Donald and Olga West on September 30, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. Randy Bolton on September 30, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Jim, Lucas and Tally;
    I was so very sorry to her of Joanne’s passing. She and all of you were an integral part of mine and my childrens lives. Please know that all of you are in my prayers.

    Randy Bolton

  9. Andy Grammer & Family on September 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Our heart and prayers go out to all…

  10. Valerie Farley Moreau on September 30, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    Dear Jim, Pam, Dennis and family,

    I was saddened to see Jo Ann’s obit in the paper this morning, but along with the sadness came a very warm feeling. I remember so many occasions when Pam and I would be hanging out at the house with friends, and how Jo Ann always made me and others feel so welcome. Those were some very fun times, and ones I haven’t forgotten over these many years. I moved away for a number of years, and am now back in Lawrence, still out in the Lakeview area. Pam, when you have some time down the road, could you please give me a call? I am unable to drop by Sunday for the visitation, but would very much enjoy reuniting with you to reminisce about the good old days. My day phone is 864-2149, and this note should contain my email as a contact, too.

    I’m very sorry for your loss, and hope it helps to know that old friends are thinking of all of you at this time.

    With warm thoughts and sympathy,
    Valerie Farley Moreau

  11. ed and sheila jordan on September 30, 2011 at 3:54 pm

    We would like to extend our sympathies and let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  12. Sue Davis McDaniel on September 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm

    I am so very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time. Hugs, Sue

  13. Rachel Dix on September 30, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    Tally, we are saddened by your loss. We know how special she was to you and your family. We love you!

  14. Barbara (Barbie) Tuckel-Wolford on October 1, 2011 at 9:21 am

    My condolences go out to the family of Jo Ann she will be missed by many. I only met Jo Ann a few times but when I did she was vey kind to me and made me smile.

  15. Rev. Kathleen Breunig-Maize on October 1, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    Dear JoAnn… Your friendship meant a great deal to me when we lived in Lawrence. You were a wonderful example to my children. The times they slid down your side hill during snowstorms,the hot chocolate, mulberry pie and meatloaf lessons for Marie. The friendship Tally and Lucas offered my children is something our family will never forget. I personally will not forget the coffee talk and support you gave me when I needed it most.
    My sincere sympathy to all of you.
    Reid,Paul,Marie,Colin,Aimee and Nolan Bolton’s Mother

  16. Beth White on October 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Jim, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart aches for you and your family. You and Jo Ann were the first to welcome me to the neighborhood so you have always been very special to me. I care and I’m here if you ever need anything. Beth

  17. Gary and Gaybine Miller on October 3, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Our condolences to Lucas and his family. We pray for strenght and comfort for you and your family.

  18. Doug and Linda Fyffe on October 4, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Lucas,We are sorry to hear about the loss of your grandmother and are praying you will have comfort and peace during this time.

  19. Cris Grigsby Renick on October 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    I was out of town for a week and was so sorry to read of Jo Anns passing. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. She was a special lady. Luke and Talley were so lucky to have her for a grandma.

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