Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 28, 2013

Etta 'Jo' Maxson

TRAVERSE CITY — “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosever believeth in him shall not perish, but shall have everlasting life.” John 3:16.

Believing this will all of her heart and soul, Jo now resides with Jesus Christ and has seen the face of God. Etta Jo slipped from the loving arms of her family and friends on Oct. 26, 2013, to be embraced in the arms of good souls that went before her. She was 91 years of age, having been born on June 25, 1922, in Paintsville, Ky. She will be sadly missed and always loved. Jo married Roderick Carroll Maxson on Dec. 26, 1945. Rod preceded her in death on April 1, 2005. They shared 59 years together and are rejoined today in Heaven. He went before her to make things ready.

She leaves behind one son, David (Sally) Maxson; a daughter, Sandie Sue (James) Grubbs; a son-in-law, Mark Finnila; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Also surviving are two brothers, P. J. and Glenn; and a sister, Patricia. They have all lost a part of their heart.

Jo was preceded in death by her parents, Proctor and Osa Stafford; a twin sister, Emma “Flo”; and sisters, Neiva and Jean; her brother, Bob; her husband, Rod; and her daughter, Linda Finnila.

And Jesus said unto him “Verily I say unto thee, today shalt thou be with me in Paradise.” This is a solemn promise. Luke 23:43.

A memorial visitation will take place at Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29. Private family graveside services are planned at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to a charity of your own choosing would be appropriate.

Please share your memories of Jo, along with your thoughts for her family by way of her online guest book at

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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