Donna Joan “Jo” Emery of Caro, age 85, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 24, 2022 surrounded by family and friends following an extensive battle with cancer. Jo was born February 4, 1937 in Reese, the daughter of the late Oscar and Edith (Wright) Bishop and was a 1954 graduate of Caro High School. She was employed as the office manager for Caro Medical Clinic for thirty years. Upon her retirement, she and her husband, Jack, became custodians for the Caro United Methodist Church, working together for twenty years. Following Jack’s death in 2003, Jo continued as custodian until her retirement in 2019. Jo loved to entertain friends and family with many pool parties and holiday gatherings at the home she and Jack built. She enjoyed card club, snowmobiling with friends, and fishing and boating in her younger years. Jo also enjoyed gardening and golfing with her grandchildren.
Left to cherish fond memories of Jo are her granddaughter, Crystal Emery (Hess); great-grandson, Deven Hess; son-in-law, Fred Hess; six siblings and their spouses, Mary Lou & Bill LeValley, May Bishop, Laura Parker, Bob & Jackie Bishop, Judy & Dennis Winter, David & Pat Bishop; very close friend and companion, Francis Silvernail; Kirk & Julia Silvernail and boys; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, Jo was preceded in death by two adopted sons, Dean (Tait) Emery and Gary (Tait) Emery; one brother, Wilbur Bishop; and brother-in-law, Leo Parker.
In keeping with Jo’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service for family and friends is being planned for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2022 at the Caro United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Anthony Tomasino officiating. The family will be present to receive friends at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at 11:00 a.m. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Caro United Methodist Church. The family was assisted with these arrangements by the Ransford Collon Funeral Home of Caro. Friends may share memories, thoughts and prayers online at