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Mary Jo was born April 26, 1943 in Glasgow, MO to Tony and Georgie White. She was number 11 of 13 children. Her parents and 8 other siblings preceded her in death.
After completing school at Booker T. Washington and Central High School she moved to California and attended Los Angeles Southwest College and studied Music and Theater. While there she helped plan and participated in Musicals. She was well know in Kansas City as well as Los Angeles for her wonderful ability to sing and did so at many different venues in Kansas City as well as Los Angeles. She was extremely talented and could have pursued a singing career but she was not overly confident and was shy about being in the limelight.
She was dearly loved and will be sorely missed by family and friends.
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donna davis says
I will miss my beautiful aunt.
Michelle E Holmes says
Sweet Aunt MaryJo you will be missed.
Michelle E Holmes says
Sweet Aunt MaryJo you will be missed. Your big brother John Marvin will miss you too.
Patricia White says
Mary Jo you will be missed but not forgotten.
Rest In Peace.
Elizabeth Tyson says
Your laughter your smile your sense of humor will be truly missed by many
Love you Aunt MaryJo
maurice white says
Condolence to the family.
Dena P Mims says
The Queen has arrived! Your presence will truly be missed and I’ll cherish the wonderful years we shared as friends. Rest in peace, Mary Jo Jo. I love you! My deepest condolences to the family.
Walta SMITH says
I have fond memories of singing with Mary Jo in the Gwen Wyatt Chorale and also the Choir at First Presbyterian Church in Inglewood, California. My deepest condolences to the family.
Tracy Johnson says
Prayers to the Entire family and my brother Michael, Mary Jo and I always enjoyed and celebrated we were Birthday Twins, I called Mary Jo ‘ My Diana Ross” we both enjoyed singing. Losing a love one can be so overwhelming, I encouraged the family to continue to Look to the hills from Whence cometh all your help. My deepest condolences to the family!!
Andrea Flowers says
So sorry to hear this news. My condolences and our prayers are with you.
Andrea Flowers and Acenia White Flowers
Tyrone Gethers says
To my Aunt Mary Jo , you live forever in your family’s hearts and minds. I thank God for the time we had with you . Rest in peace you did your job. Love you forever.
Brenda J. Hughes says
My condolences to the family. From Loyd, Nancy, Isabella Hughes and Brenda Hughes
Tedra White says
Aunt Mary Jo,
I am so thankful for the memories we got to share, especially in recent years in KC. When I am sad, I will remember the funny stories about you and my dad growing up. You were a beautiful person inside and out. I will love you forever auntie.
Krista Hemsley says
Auntie my forever twin.
No so long ago Auntie came hm and stayed. Aunties return was a such blessing , just to see and look into here sweet eyes I saw what my family has said a millon times. Your look like your aunt Mary jo and you act like your Aunt Betty. Our similarities were boundless .. since her returning we were able to reconnect. SIDE BAR thank you cousin DONNA JEAN & my beloved brother DERRIK EUGENE for making that happen could’ve done it without YOU TO.. we hugged and kiss her sweet her face, making jokes came easy when sister Betty jean
Cascades in with her hat tilted to the side..SIDE BAR” now that’s a White trade mark. Those too we’re a site to behold.
That cats out the bag, I know Where Most of my GREATNESS came from and what it takes to be unforgettable. In her words .you have to your thang, iv lived . Go do your thang and come back and tell me all about it..Hear hear Signing off to the unforgettable auntie Mary Jo, white forever my ace ??
Erica Yanes says
Our condolences and prayers to all family and friends of Mary Jo White. Mary Jo White was always so full of energy and loved to socialize. Every time we saw her, we knew it was going to be a memorable and wonderful time. She will always be part of our church family at First Presbyterian Church of Inglewood. We will miss you dearly and keep you close to our hearts.
From the Yanes Family,
Nelly and Erica
Kirk A Silsbee says
Rest in peace, Sister Mary Jo. The congregation at First Presbyterian Church of Inglewood was blessed to have you among us. You were a sweet presence and someone we always looked forward to seeing and speaking with. You were direct and plain-spoken, but you were always ready to laugh. God bless you and God bless your family.
Kirk and Dodie Silsbee
John Downey III says
Such a LIGHT and a LOVE – we sang together at church and she was a Truth student in my classes @ UPCHURCH LA – so passionate – she would call me often. Her Spirit will be missed !! But with me always ….