Glenna Alice “Jo” (Gardner) Essary

September 15, 1935 – March 11, 2020
GREENVILLE – Glenna Alice “Jo” (Gardner) Essary, 84, peacefully passed away in her sleep on March 11, 2020 in Greenville, TX.
A graveside service will be at noon on March 17 in Elmwood Cemetery in Bowie.
She was one of seven children born to Jack Gardner and Ova Nell Stockard in Bowie on Sept. 15, 1935. Jo enjoyed life, making friends (she never met a stranger), a lover of animals, growing flowers and cooking for family. For the past nine years Jo was a resident of Legend Healthcare & Rehabilitation in Greenville. While at the home, she enjoyed all the resident activities provided, especially bingo and hallway bowling.
Jo is preceded in death by her husband, Gene Essary; and brothers Don and Bobby Jack Gardener.
She is survived by three children, Linda Dian Cook Barker, Shreveport, LA, Tommie Lynn Cook and wife Susan Lovell Cook, Colleyville, and Pamela Jo Essary Woods, Greenville; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; and four of her siblings, Carolyn Howard, Charles Gardner, Gary Gardner and Mary Robertson.
Jo’s family would like to express gratitude to the staff at Legend and Dr. Gina Rushing for their kind and caring attitude in provide care.