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Jo Ann Essex Rollins, 76, of Hope, passed away Tuesday May 22, 2012, at Columbus Regional Hospital.
She was retired from Cummins Engine Company where she was an office administrator for the engineering department. She had previously been a member of Clifford United Methodist Church and was attending Hope First Wesleyan Church. She was a 50-year member of Clifford Chapter of Order of the Eastern Star and had volunteered for several years at King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison.
She loved knitting, crocheting, boating, reading, fishing and NASCAR.
The funeral will be Saturday at noon at Norman Funeral Home in Hope with Pastor Barry Goodman officiating. Calling hours will be from 10 a.m. until service time Saturday. Cremation is planned and burial will be at Flat Rock Baptist Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be donated to Hope First Wesleyan Church Building Fund.
Born July 3, 1935, in Clifford, IN, Jo Ann was the daughter of Joseph and Bertha Rockwell Essex. She married William Emerson Phares October of 1954. She then married Jerry Rollins March 3, 1972, and he preceded her in death March 16, 2009.
Survivors include her daughters, Stephanie (Jack) Bowers of Mount Auburn, Bobbi (John) Dailey, Teresa Hadley and Brenda Humbel, all of Hope; stepchildren, Jeff (Karen) Rollins and Greg Rollins of Lafayette, Ben (Holly) Rollins of
Lexington, KY, and Rick (Donna) Rollins of Columbus; grandchildren, Justin (Nicoletta) Dailey of Columbus, T.J. (Athena) Taylor of Colorado, Danielle Bowers and Dustin Phares of Indianapolis, Craig and Ciara Phares of Columbus, Emily (Shane) Campbell and Josh Coy of Hope; several stepgrandchildren and eight great-
Jo Ann was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jerry; a son, Craig Phares;
and a sister, Jean Elliott.
Online condolences may be sent to the Rollins family at www.normanfuneralhome.net.