Jan. 15, 1936 – Oct. 11, 2019

Jo Ann Bennett Keiser, 83, passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. Jo Ann was born Jan. 15, 1936 in Monroe to Clifford Ira and Josephine Cleveland Bennett.  Her family moved to Colfax when she was in elementary school. Jo Ann married her high school sweetheart, Coy “Sonny” William Keiser Jr., a native of Colfax, April 17, 1955. Early in their marriage, they lived in Alexandria before moving back to Colfax where they celebrated 28 years together. Jo Ann worked for the Grant Parish School Board for 34 years. After retiring, she moved to Tyler, Texas, for 22 years and then moved to Arlington, Texas, in October 2018.  Jo Ann was known by many for her laugh and her propensity to establish her own vocabulary, which gave both people and eating establishments “new” names.

Jo Ann was preceded in death by her parents and her loving husband, Coy.  She is survived by her sons, Cliff and wife Beverly of Arlington and John Travis and wife Margaret of Plano, Texas, and her daughter, Linda and husband Andy of Tyler. She is also survived by her six grandchildren: Will and wife Patti Keiser, Rachel Keiser, Sara Navarro Wetzel and husband Colton, Cori Navarro Edgemon and husband Luke, Jarred Keiser, Matthew Navarro and her two great grandchildren: Asher Edgemon and Levi Edgemon.

Services for Jo Ann will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at Colfax United Methodist Church, with Jo Ann’s nephew, the Rev. David Dearman joined by the Rev. Nathaniel Langford officiating. Interment will follow in Colfax Cemetery under the direction of Kramer of Colfax.

Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 at Kramer of Colfax and resume at 9-9:45 a.m. on Saturday at Colfax United Methodist Church.

The family would like to sincerely thank all the caring staff of Heartis Assisted Living of Arlington, AlevCare Hospice of Mansfield, and Vickie Navarro of Tyler for the unwavering kindness and love shown for Jo Ann. The family also thanks her many friends who have offered their help, friendship and love throughout the years. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to Colfax United Methodist Church, 407 Main St., Colfax, LA 71417.