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Jo Lea Gilmore

October 2, 1942 –
 August 15, 2022


Jo Lea Gilmore, age 79, passed away at Arlington Memorial Hospital on August 15, 2022.

Born October 2,1942 in Dallas, TX, Jo lived in the DFW area and worked as a bookkeeper for several different companies including Zales and Holt Caterpillar until retiring in March 2012. Jo was a member of First Christian Church in Irving, TX for more than 25 years before transferring her membership to Plymouth Park United Methodist Church. Jo was an avid reader and loved to dance as well as an accomplished bowler. Her children and her grandchildren were her greatest treasure and if you were lucky enough to meet her you quickly realized that fact.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Michelle and Jeff Fritz from Conroe, TX and son and daughter-in-law David and Kathy Gilmore from Wylie, TX. Her grandchildren Tyler Fritz and wife Kaitlyn, Austin Fritz and wife Lindsey, Jenna Fritz, Jerrod Branscum, Kyle Gilmore, and Emma Gilmore. Her great grandchildren Rowan Branscum, Emersyn, and Landry Fritz. Jo was preceded in death by her Mother Cora Ann Cutrone and Father Charley Cutrone, husband David Gilmore, her daughter Samantha Branscum, Her sister Francis Allen, and brother Samuel Cutrone.

Services will be held at 1:30 on Tuesday August 30, 2022, at Aria Funeral Home at 1820 N. Belt Line Rd. Irving, Texas 75061. Visitation will begin at 1:30. For those that knew Jo but didn’t know us or our family you are invited to come and give condolences and depart. At around 2:15 we will begin the memorial with a prayer and then a sharing of stories and encounters anyone has had with Jo and a celebration of her life. We invite anyone to stay and listen and share. Interment will be at the Dallas National Cemetery time TBD.

In lieu of flowers, we encourage memorial contributions to St. Judes Children’s Hospital, American Lung Association, and the American Cancer Society.


Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

One Thought on Jo Lea Gilmore
    Maria Parker
    22 Aug 2022

    I had the pleasure to know Jo when I bought my condo 4 years ago in the same community where she lived. She was one of the first people I met, she treated me like I was part of her life, she called me honey, dear, etc. right from the beginning and never changed. She was a very nice lady.
    Jo, you are in the best place you could ever be. I will miss you. Until we see each other again.

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