Memorial services will be at a later date for Jo Ann Shrode.

Mrs. Shrode was born July 29, 1945, in Memphis, Tenn., to Frank Joseph Grillo and Etta Minerva (Laxton) Grillo.

She attended Central High in Little Rock, Ark., and Central Texas College in Killeen. She worked as a Kelly Girl, managed apartment complexes, as a bookkeeper for Cuero Land and Gravel and Arnold’s Plumbing, and 23 years at Killeen Independent School District where she was the principal’s secretary at Hay Branch Elementary and Fowler Elementary.

Jo Ann was the greatest of human beings who walked through life with dignity and grace and showed us how to leave the same way. She will be sorely missed.

Mrs. Shrode was preceded in death by her older brother, William Grillo; and both parents.

Survivors include a bereaved family, including her husband of 48 years, Morgan Ellis Shrode; their son, Morgan Ellis Shrode Jr. and his wife, Jill (Daniel) Shrode; brother, Ronnie Grillo of Olive Branch, Miss.; grandson, Daniel Josef Shrode; stepdaughter, Shannan (Shrode) Dager; her granddaughters, Dani and Roxy Dager; and great-granddaughter, Serenity.

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Becky Smith

Working with Jo Ann Shrode at Fowler Elementary was just a pure joy. She was so good at what she did, always so calm with the parents and kids, you never saw her get ruffled. I have so many precious memories of our years together. She loved her family so much and that dog! Do you still have Sparky? Jo Ann described him as a 'runner and a barker' and that always made be laugh. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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