Jo Ellen Harris Atwood

October 22, 1951 ~ May 2, 2017
Jo Ellen Harris Atwood passed away on May 2, 2017 at her home after a 20 year battle with leukemia. She was born the sixth child of nine siblings in Farmington, NM, on October 22, 1951 to Wayne Hubert and Elma Ileen John Harris.
Jo Ellen met Clay Reed Atwood in Moab, UT, where they both lived at the time.
They were married January 14, 1995 and were later sealed in the Provo Utah Temple.
Jo was a lifelong member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served in many different callings. She said that the one she loved the most was serving as Primary President in Moab.
She put in many years working with and helping others learn how to do name extractions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jo worked many, many jobs in her life, sometimes five jobs at a time. She was known far and wide for her clay sculpture works, making the most beautiful manger scene and Noah’s ark with all the figures for them.   Jo worked as executive secretary at Utah State University extension office in Moab.
She is preceded in death by her husband Clay, daughter Izora (Zoey) Kay Walburg, parents Wayne and Ileen Harris, nephew Jim Harris, nieces Justina Sheets and Gena Kennedy, a sister-in-law and two brothers-in-law.
She is survived by her son Jim, very special granddaughter Samantha Harvey, Clay’s children Mel, Mark, Mathew, Micah Atwood, KayDe Everett; and eight siblings, Oliver, Elma, Ruth, Linda, Bonnie, Chad, Nivana, and Orlin.
Jo Ellen was blessed with many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and even some great-great nieces and nephews. Also many very good friends that she dearly loved.
Funeral services were held May 6 at the Gordon Creek Ward in Price, UT.  Grave dedication was at the Moab City Cemetery.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook and share memories of Jo Ellen at

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