Jo Ann Boston




Jo Ann Boston, loving daughter of Gordon Mays and Josephine Baber (Shaff) Little, was born July 24, 1932, in Logansport, Indiana, and passed away at the Norton County Hospital in Norton, Kansas, on October 27, 2019, at the age of 87.

Jo Ann grew up on the family farm near Onward, Indiana. She attended the Onward schools, graduating with the Onward High School class of 1950. She attended one year and received her business certificate from the International Business College in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She also attended four years at Lincoln Bible Institute in Lincoln, Illinois, where she graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Music degree. She moved to Manhattan, Kansas, in January of 1956, as finance officer at Manhattan Bible College. There she met Darel Dean Boston. They married at the Christian Church in Onward, Indiana, on August 21, 1958, and celebrated 61 years of marriage this year. Following their wedding, they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana, where Darel attended Butler University Seminary. They served in the ministry of the Drexel Garden Christian Church. Their two children, Dean Eric and Diana Jo, were added to their family in 1960 and 1963. They moved to Kansas in August 1967, where they ministered with Norton Christian Church for 19 years. In November 1986, they moved to Junction City, Kansas, to serve the First Christian Church. There they retired in 2002, and remained in the community until 2009, when they returned to Norton, to be near their family.

Jo Ann was a member of the Norton Christian Church where she served as choir director, organist/pianist, Bible Bowl leader and in women's ministry. She loved to travel and they took many trips together to Brazil, Thailand, Alaska, Hawaii, England, Scotland and Ireland as well as most of the U.S. They spent many vacations enjoying the mountains of Colorado and the beaches of Florida. She excelled at music and enjoyed teaching piano lessons including her great-grandson, Caden. She enjoyed reading, playing cards and dominos with dear friends, but her greatest joy in life was living her faith and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include: her husband, Darel, of Norton; one son, Dean (Julie) Boston, North Richland Hills, Texas; one daughter, Diana (Larry) Enfield, Norton; four grandsons, Jody (Jessica) Enfield and Andy (Charli) Enfield, Norton; Derek Boston, Salem, Oregon; and Tyler (Tylen) Boston, North Richland Hills; six great-grandchildren, Trevan, Caden, Ethan, Logan, Delaney and Kinlee Enfield, and one great-grandson due to arrive March 2020, Jonas Boston; one aunt, Virginia Henson, Dallas, Texas; one brother-in-law, Norman (Marcella) Stewart, Washington, Kansas; three nieces, Ruth Ann (Keith) Finlayson, Gypsum, Kansas; Gay Lynn (Michael) Manning, Washington; Kathy (Steve) Spence, Porter, Texas; one nephew, Paul (Susan) Stewart, Washington; great-great and great-great-great nieces and nephews; cousins; other relatives and a host of friends.

Jo Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her step-mother, Marguerite Little, her parents-in-law, Clyde and Mildred Boston, one sister-in-law, Wanda Stewart, aunt and uncle, Marian and John Allison, uncles, Nelson and Norman Little and Kenneth Henson.


VISITATION – Friday, November 1, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. until noon

PLACE – Norton Christian Church – Norton, KS

FUNERAL SERVICE – Friday, November 1, 2019 – 2:00 p.m. at the church

INTERMENT – Norton Cemetery, Norton, KS

MEMORIAL – Jo Ann Boston Memorial Fund