Rushville Republican

October 14, 2013

Vera Joan "Jo Ann" (Mahin) Leonard-Brees, 83


Rushville Republican

---- — Vera Joan "Jo Ann" (Mahin) Leonard-Brees, 83, passed away Oct. 10, 2013, at Morning Breeze Retirement Community and Health Care in Greensburg. She was born Aug. 31, 1930 in Decatur County, Ind., the daughter of Rue E. and Lillian Grace (Kocher) (Douglas) Mahin.She married Dwane E. Leonard on Aug. 15, 1947. He preceded her in death on Jan. 29, 1988. On Oct. 25, 1991, she married John "Jack" Brees of Milroy and he survives.Mrs. Brees owned and operated "Jo Ann's Clip & Curl Beauty Shop" for twenty years. She also worked at Bank One, Shelbyville's Main Branch, and retired from there in 1994, after sixteen years of service.She was a member of the Milroy Christian Church, The Milroy Church Guild, Milroy Monday Study Club, the Milroy Research Literary Club (where she served as secretary and president), and the Order of Eastern Star, Milroy OES #471.She is survived by her two sons, Scott Edward (spouse, Catherine) Leonard of Rockwall, Texas, and Todd Jay Leonard (spouse, Shingo Ono) of Fukuoka, Japan; and one grandson, Bryce Edward Leonard of Rockwall, Texas.She is also survived by four step-children, Joetta Kirk, Janet (spouse, Evan) Piper, Joyce (spouse, John) Thompson, all of Rushville and Steven (spouse, Tammy) Brees, of Wanamaker. She is also survived by nine step-grandchildren, Chasity and Travis Kirk; Jason and Justin Wicker; Emily (Piper) Cain; Brianne (Alsman) Brewer, Jameson Alsman; and Jennifer and Ashley Brees. In addition, she is survived by 17 step-great grandchildren and one great-great step-grandchild. Her parents, one sister, two half-sisters, and two half-brothers preceded her in death.Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 at Freeman Family Funeral Homes and Crematory, Carmony-Ewing Chapel, 819 S. Harrison St. in Shelbyville and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Milroy Christian Church, 201 W. Main St. in Milroy. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, at Milroy Christian Church. Interment will be in Lewis Creek Baptist Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Milroy Christian Church, 201 W. Main St., Milroy, Indiana 46156 or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St, Columbus, Indiana 47201. Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.freemanfamilyfuneralhomes.com