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Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242

Jo Hefner Adams
Jo Hefner Adams

Henry Jo Hefner Adams was born the daughter of Will Trimble and Virginia (Brewer) Trimble on January 28, 1918 at Billmore, Missouri and departed this life March 14, 2013 at the Kabul Nursing Home in Cabool, Missouri at the age of 95 years.

In October of 1935, she was united in marriage to Dewey Waldo Hefner, who preceded her in death on July 4, 1970. In September of 1972, she was united in marriage to J.A. “Bo” Adams, who preceded her in death on October 14, 1991.

She is survived by one daughter, Ann Hefner Barton and husband, Bill of Carmichael, California; six grandchildren, Patrick Hefner and wife, Sue of Cabool, Missouri, Julie Carr and husband, Robert of Adrian, Missouri, Kelly Slayton and husband, Jake of Mountain Grove, Missouri, Doug Barton of Carmichael, California, Jeff Barton and wife, Stacey of Monterey, California and Sara Yanowsky and husband, Vince of Sacramento, California; four step-grandchildren, Cindy Crossland of Monett, Missouri, Mark Crossland of Monett, Missouri, Mike Gleghorn of Jonesboro, Arkansas and BoLinda Gleghorn of West Plains, Missouri; thirteen great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Virginia Trimble; her husbands; one son, Eddie Bill Hefner; one great grandson, Adam Hefner; two step-daughters, BoAnn Gleghorn and Betty Crossland, and ten brothers and sisters.

Jo worked as a beauty operator in the Thayer area for several years. She loved to play bridge, was an excellent cook and an avid reader.

She was a long-time member of the First Baptist Church in Thayer. She will be remembered by her family as a loving and caring mother and grandmother, and will truly be missed by all.

Funeral services will be Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 2:00 PM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer with Brother Gerald Bounds officiating. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home Saturday from 1:00 PM until service time. Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus or the Thayer First Baptist Church Fund.



  1. Richard Thompson and Lyn Young
    March 14, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

    Condolences to all the family.

    I would rather celebrate her long and eventful life with a smile than mourn her passing with a long face.
    My two favorite Auntie Jo stories are…

    Many years ago, Auntie Jo happened to be in Springfield while Jo (her niece, but sometimes they were more like sisters) and I were staying at Nana’s house. One morning in the kitchen, Nana said to Auntie Jo, “Now, Jo, you visit with ’em while I fix breakfast.”
    Auntie Jo said, “Now, Dorothy, you know I can’t visit on demand.”

    Then there was the time that Jo was telling Auntie Jo a long story on the telephone. Auntie Jo interrupted her and said, “Honey, do you think you could tell me the last part first?”

    Rest in the Lord.

  2. Paul Thompson
    March 14, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

    Auntie Jo a beacon of common sense. She was always able to bring things down to earth and put them in a light that made you smile, and then carry on.
    I will miss her so.

  3. Greg, Josh and Megan Thompson
    March 14, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

    Our condolances.
    I have fond memories of time spent at Auntie Jo’s in Thayer and even fonder memories of visits with Josh and Megan in Mountain Grove.

  4. pat gillett
    March 15, 2013 @ 6:30 am

    All of us at the Kabul NursingHome dearly loved this lady. She had so many stories to tell.
    I especially enjoyed taking her to Dr. appt. so we could go for fish afterwards. We will truly miss her.

  5. sarayanowsky
    March 15, 2013 @ 3:03 pm

    I am so thankful to have had such a wonderful grandma. My best childhood memories are of coming to visit my nonnie. She made the best fried chicken and taco salad in the world! I dont know what it was but when nonnnie made it it was the best!!!! I have so many wonderful memories like the time she let me let my fireflies loose in my room at night, and all the fun me and my brothers had making forts and playing in nonnies house. I will cherish these memories forever!!! Rest in peace nonnie thank you for all the love you gave me.

  6. Joe & Shelia Hoyt
    March 16, 2013 @ 1:52 pm

    Sorry for your loss,may God comfort and sustain you in your time of loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  7. Christi Trimble-Kreutz & Family
    March 16, 2013 @ 7:18 pm

    So sorry for your loss. It sounds like you all have many wonderful memories of Jo to call upon. We hope those memories bring peace to your family at this sad time.