Josephine “Jo” Dunavant, age 85, passed away after a lengthy illness on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Cypress Meadows Post Acute where she has been a resident for eight years.
Jo was born August 14, 1932 in Visalia, California to Walter Schlotthauer and Bernice Wilson Schlotthauer. She attended schools in the Visalia/Venice area and in Live Oak, California. Jo married Harold Dunavant on April 30, 1949 in Reno, Nevada. They had four children. The family moved to Decatur, Arkansas after the birth of their first child. They lived in Wichita, Kansas before coming back to California and settling in Gridley. Jo was a licensed day care provider before working with her husband in their family contract janitorial business in Gridley. They serviced many of Gridley’s businesses for twenty years. After her children were raised, Jo became a CNA then took more training becoming a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She worked nine years at Feather River Hospital in Paradise. Jo and Harold moved to Paradise in 1980 and eventually retired to Magalia in 1982. Jo was a member of the Upper Ridge Seventh-day Adventist church. Her hobbies were crocheting, knitting, and sewing.
Jo was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Harold, and a brother, Wayne Schlotthauer.
She is survived by daughters: Gwen (Frank) Dodini, of Paradise, Jolene Dunavant, of Paradise, Kathie (John) Rhoades, of North Fork, California; son, Dr. Del (MaryEllen) Dunavant, of Antioch, California; two granddaughters: Michelle (Robert) Key, of Yakima, Washington and Kimberly (Rob) Morris of Joshua, Texas; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a sister, Jackie McGie, of Bend, Oregon and a brother, Gene (Carol) Schlotthauer, of Paradise.
Per her request, there will be a private family graveside service. Arrangements are under the direction of Affordable Mortuary in Chico. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Feather River Health Foundation, for Hospice, 5974 Pentz Rd., Paradise, CA 95969-9978.