1939 – 2016 Obituary
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Sept. 28 to Oct. 5, 2016
Jo Rose Brackeen
1939 – 2016 Obituary Condolences
Evelyn Joann “”Jo”” Rose Brackeen, 77, of Farmington, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, at Gintiva Hospice in Albuquerque. She was born Aug. 13, 1939, in Fittstown, Okla., the first child of Otis J. R. Rose and Joyce Melba Dixon Rose. On June 1, 1968, she married T. N. “”Burr”” Brackeen in Las Vegas, Nev. Jo had a very geographically diverse education: she started elementary school in California and finished in Oklahoma, attend junior high and started high school in Sterling, Colo., split her junior year between Farmington and Glendive, Mont., and then back to Farmington for her senior year. After high school she worked for Mountain Bell as a tele-phone operator at their North Allen Street office. This training served her well after moving to Las Vegas, Nev., as she worked as a switchboard operator at the Four Queens and Caesar’s Palace.
After Burr’s career took the family to Arizona she worked for IBM, retiring in 1994. When Burr retired from Southwest Gas in 1998 they moved back to Farmington. Jo loved the University of Arizona Wildcats and rarely missed a football or basketball game and often traveled to out-of-state games. Once back in Farmington, Jo and Burr became regulars at Ricketts Park and spent many evenings there relaxing and watching Connie Mack baseball. Jo loved being with family and loved to entertain. It seemed that every special party or celebration was at her house where she was always the perfect hostess. “”Jo, Jo,”” as she was known to her great-grandchildren, was a master practitioner of the art of spoiling her grandkids and was well on her way to perfecting those skills with her great-grandsons. She loved having them visit and it seemed like the only time she wasn’t busy baking delectable goodies for them was when she was playing games with them or taking them to some activity. Jo was preceded in death by her parents, Otis J. R. Rose and Joyce Melba Rose.
She is survived by her husband, Burr; brothers, Richard D. Rose and wife Cheryl of Las Vegas, Nev.; James D. Rose and wife Jane of Missouri City, Texas; and Michael L. Rose and wife Lilly of Farmington; son, Ty Brackeen and wife Tisha of La Plata; daughter, Angel Brackeen of Farmington; granddaughter, TSgt Tyla Rudin and husband SSgt Ryan of Alamogordo; grandson, Connor Trey Brackeen and wife Kenna of Wichita Falls, Texas; great-grandsons, Kaden and Ethan Monat; and aunts, Fluff Dixon-Smith of Duncan, Okla.; Eva Rose and Sharon Rose, both of Oklahoma City; and Julia Powell Smith of Shallowater, Texas. Also surviving Jo are numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jo was a long-time member of Pinon Hills Community Church and had a passion for volunteering to help others. She was especially dedicated to the San Juan Center for Independence and the work they do for the disability community. The Center has been an invaluable resource for Angel and the family suggests that in lieu of flowers, you honor Jo’s life with a donation to the San Juan Center for Independence, 1204 N. Dustin Ave., Farmington, NM 87401, or a . Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Pinon Hills Community Church, 5101 N. Dustin Ave. in Farmington. Jo’s ashes will be interred later in the Pinon Hills Community Church Colum-barium when it is completed.
Published in Farmington Daily Times from Sept. 28 to Oct. 7, 2016