Jo Ruth Works, age 86, of Richmond, Indiana, died Sunday, January 31, 2021, at her home.

Jo was born September 9, 1934, in Fulton, Mississippi, to Homer Wayne and Irma Dulaney Thorn. She attended Itawamba Agricultural High School in Mississippi and went to college in Chicago to study floral design. Jo was a loving, caring pastor’s wife for many years. She worked as a CNA for several years. Jo moved to Richmond in 2005. She was a member of Ravinia Park Baptist Church.

Survivors include her children, Dorinda (James) Glosa of Minnesota, David R. (Christina) Works of Louisiana, and Donita (Wayne) Pauley of Richmond; grandchildren, Dylan and Katie Glosa, Dustin and Kelsie Works, Brandon Pauley, and Amanda, Jonathan, and Cory Fontenot; five great-grandchildren; sister, Marty (Richard) Butler of Illinois; brother, Johnny (Sharron) Thorn of Illinois; nieces; nephews; many friends; and her church families.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Rev. Cecil R. Works, who died April 6, 2012; parents; and sisters, Dolly Pearson and Sue Conwill.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we regret to inform you that services for Jo Ruth Works will be private with Rev. James E. Slaven officiating. The service will be recorded and available on the Doan & Mills Funeral Home website. Burial will be in Elkhorn Cemetery. A celebration of Jo’s life will be held in the future when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted. Arrangements are being handled by Doan & Mills Funeral Home, 790 National Road West, Richmond.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Ravinia Park Baptist Church, 3015 South B Street, Richmond, IN 47374 or Alzheimer’s Association, 50 E. 91st Street, Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46240.

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