JoAnn Busby Mathis, age 71, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Willis Knighton Pierremont Hospital in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was born August 28, 1949, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Howard Erwin Busby and Margret Ruth Bennett Busby of Tallulah, Louisiana.
JoAnn graduated from Tallulah High School, Class of 1967. She later attended Louisiana State University where she studied computer science. JoAnn also obtained her Real Estate License in 1985 while living in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, working as a real estate agent for Era Reality. JoAnn married Charles Edward Mathis, son of Robert and Louise Mathis, of Tallulah, Louisiana, on May 4, 1968, then shared the next 53 years of their life together. JoAnn worked various jobs while supporting her husband’s 30-year military career ranging from a U.S. Air Force Civilian Finance Accountant to a Licensed Real Estate Agent. During their military time, JoAnn had the opportunity to reside in many locations with her husband including; Bitburg, Germany; Sumter, South Carolina; Homestead, Florida; Osan, Korea; Alexandria, Louisiana; Hahn, Germany; and Fort Walton Beach, Florida. JoAnn and Charles returned to Tallulah, Louisiana, in 1996 and eventually settled in Shreveport, Louisiana, where they managed a labor agency until their second retirement in 2010.
JoAnn was a beloved wife, mother, Mimi, and friend. She especially enjoyed the holidays and spending time with her grandchildren and daughters-in-law. She loved to shop and spoil her grandchildren with gifts, candy, and old fashion southern home cooking. JoAnn was an avid reader, often spending time reading her favorite books. She formed the foundation of her family, and she lived a selfless life always giving of herself for others.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Margert Busby, and her son, Howard Michael Mathis. She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years, Charles Mathis, Sr. of Shreveport, Louisiana; son, Charles Mathis, Jr. (Inga), and grandchildren, Colton Mathis, Savannah Mathis, Ella Mathis, and Jacob Mathis of West Virginia; grandchildren, Dakota Mathis and Jasmine Mathis of North Carolina, Nadia Mathis of Washington, DC; Emma Mathis of Texas; Charles Mathis, III of Colorado; and Colby Mathis of Montana; sister, Karen Busby; brothers, Monte Busby (Rose Mary), Ted Busby (Barbara), and Danny Busby of Louisiana; and daughter-in-law, Amanda Mathis of Texas.
Funeral Services celebrating the life of JoAnn Mathis are to be held on Friday, January 8, 2021. Visitation will be from 10:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah, Louisiana, followed by a graveside funeral service with burial at 2:00 P.M. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tallulah with Bro, Jason Lupo officiating under the direction of Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home.
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