Jo Pippa (Stephenson) Fulton, 93, passed peacefully into the ever-loving arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the early hours of Sunday, June 26, 2022. Her husband and daughter were at her side as she breathed her last breath on this earth and her first with the Almighty in Heaven.
Jo was born on March 18, 1929, in Jackson, TN, to Katie Vernal (Penick) Stephenson and Rev. Edwards George Stephenson. As the daughter of a traveling Baptist preacher, Jo grew up in Tennessee, southeastern Missouri, and the St. Louis area. She attended Collinsville High School in Illinois and then Hannibal-LaGrange University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology before going on to Iowa State University for advanced course work. It was at ISU, as the only female student in her statistics class, that Jo caught the eye of David A. Fulton. The two were wed on Sept. 1, 1956, in Collinsville.