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Celebrating the life of
Jo Ann "Joanna" Elder Boland
October 06, 1934 - December 25, 2015
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Rosary
  • 6:00pm - Friday, January 08, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Visitation
  • 4:30pm - Friday, January 08, 2016
  • Bradshaw Carter
  • 1734 W Alabama St (Map)
    Houston, Tx 77098

  • (713) 521-0066
  • Rite of Christian Burial
  • 10:00am - Saturday, January 09, 2016
  • St. Michael Catholic Church
  • 1801 Sage Rd. (Map)
    Houston, TX 77056

  • 713-621-4370
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Jo Ann “Joanna” Elder Boland. October 6, 1934 - December 25, 2015.
Jo Ann passed away on Christmas morning at her daughter’s home in Birmingham, AL. She was born in Opelousas, LA and was the oldest of five children. She is preceded in death by her parents, Joseph Elder and Frankie Wyble Elder, as well as her brother Joe Elder. At the age of 8, Jo Ann began studying at Grand Coteau, a Sacred Heart boarding school in Louisiana. This wonderful school was instrumental in her faith formation and the development of lifelong friends, which she cherished until the end. Jo Ann was full of spirit and life, and was always seeking fun and adventure. In 1954, Jo Ann served as the Mardi Gras Queen for The Mystick Krew of Louisianans in Washington D.C., where she was presented by Chief Justice Earl Warren. After attending college and working in social services in Louisiana, she moved to Houston, TX and took a position with Catholic Charities helping unwed mothers with adoptions. In Houston, she met and married John Patrick Boland, her 6’6” red headed Irishman (deceased Jan. 2000). They had three children, whom they adored. Jo Ann was a voracious reader, she loved to write, and she enjoyed classical music. She was involved at St. Cecilia Catholic Church, the Magnificat House, and was instrumental in the development of Houston Proud. After her kids were grown, she went back to school and took creative writing courses, even traveling to England with her classmates. Jo Ann loved to entertain her friends and family who were so very important to her. In 1995, she moved to Birmingham, AL to be close to her daughter and first grandchild. She quickly made a life for herself in this new city. She became involved at St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Birmingham Symphony, and over the years spent numerous hours caring for her beloved grandchildren. Jo Ann had a big heart, and was generous to everyone. She was extremely supportive of numerous Catholic organizations and charitable groups that asked for her help. Jo Ann spent the last five years of her life at the Danberry, where she forged meaningful and beautiful friendships. She is survived by her daughters Nell Boland Fredella (Todd) of Birmingham, Anne E. Boland of Atlanta, and son John Patrick Boland III of Houston. Jo Ann also leaves behind five precious grandsons who cherished her greatly and will miss her dearly: Patrick, Ryan and Sean Fredella of Birmingham, and John Stafford and Thomas Boland of Houston. In addition, she is survived by her siblings Donald Elder, Edna E. Renfrow Brown and Frankie Elder (Mary).
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from half past four until six o’clock in the evening on Friday, January 8, 2016, at the Bradshaw-Carter Home, 1734 West Alabama Street in Houston, where the rosary for Jo Ann will begin at six o’clock. The funeral mass will begin at ten o’clock in the morning on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1701 Sage Road in Houston, where the Rev. Msgr. Frank H. Rossi, will be the celebrant. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Food for the Poor or Catholic Charities.

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