She was born in Little Bend, Ky., to Beatrice (Shepherd) Phelps and John (Cat) Phelps in 1934.
She was preceded in death by brothers: Marcus Phelps, Johnny Phelps and Forrest Phelps; and sisters: Juanita Phelps and Jeanette (Phelps) Vincent.
She is survived by a brother, Donald Quiggins of Georgia; sisters: Geneva (Phelps) Stanley of Kentucky and Frances (Phelps) Bratcher of Tennessee, who had just visited Jo Ann in September of 2013.
She came to Massachusetts in 1951 and married Paul J. Hughes of Waltham, Maine in 1952.
Jo Ann and Paul raised and are survived by 10 children: Wayne Hughes and his wife, Linda, Wanda (Hughes) MacLean and her husband, James, Brenda (Hughes) Blair and her husband, Robert, Ann Hughes, Gary Hughes and his wife, DeoLinda, Thomas Hughes and his wife, Michelle, Paul Hughes, Janet (Hughes) Wallace and her husband, Dean, Francis Hughes and his wife, Alison and Scott Hughes and his wife, Colleen.
She lost her husband Paul in 1975, and she continued to raise her children in Holliston, Mass. She was also blessed with 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren (and growing with each year).
In addition to her love of family, she was passionate about cooking, making jelly, camping, fishing, music, reading, quilting and was a very skilled seamstress. All of these were passed onto her family who will continue to enjoy each of these talents and gifts for years to come.
She was laid to rest in a private service at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Holliston, Mass.
Her memory may be honored by making contributions to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation at www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.
Chesmore Funeral Home, 854 Washington St., Holliston, MA 01746.