Jo Jayne Nickles
Yankton Press & Dakotan - Jo Jayne Nickles, 55, of Cody, Wyoming and formerly of Yankton, died as a result of cancer on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Spirit Mountain Hospice in Cody.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., on Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with the Reverend Rodney Veldhuizen officiating.
The family will receive friends one hour prior the memorial service at the funeral home.
Jo was born February 23, 1959 in Blue Island, Illinois to Paul and Gaylene Petty. She was the oldest of three children and graduated Niobrara County High School in Lusk, Wyoming in 1977. Jo then moved to Yankton to attend school at Mount Marty College. She married Larry Nickles on July 1, 1978 and had two children, Mark and Kayla. Jo lived in Sidney, Nebraska from 1981 to 1990 and then moved back to Yankton where she worked at the Human Services Center.
Jo and Larry divorced in 1998 and she remained in Yankton with her kids until they finished school. Jo moved to Cody, Wyoming in 2004 and worked with Northern DDSP and then NOWCAP, assisting intellectually challenged children and adults. Jo enjoyed spending time with her family when she could and would do anything for anyone that needed help. She loved animals, rock collecting, movies, fishing, cooking and going to Yellowstone National Park.
Jo is survived by her son, Mark (Arica) Nickles of Yankton; daughter Kayla Nickles of Cody, Wyoming, two grandchildren, Conner and Anna of Yankton; parents, Paul and Gaylene Petty of Cody; two sisters, Jana (Tom) McAtee of Cody and Joni (John) Konhilas of Tucson, Arizona, as well as several nieces and nephews.
Jo was preceded in death by her grandparents, Ronald and Nila Petty, and Orbra and Ethel Kilpatrick.
To send an online message to the family, please visit www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com.