Mora Jo McIntyre-Sanders, 91, went to be with the Lord on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2013.
Anyone who knew Jo would share a memory - her smile and her laugh. Jo’s smile was beautiful and her laughter frequent.
Jo was born on a ranch in South Dakota to Loleta and Garland McIntyre in 1922. Two years later, she was joined by a brother, Bob. She loved her family dearly and for a lifetime.
The Great Depression ended their prosperity and they were forced to leave the ranch for work in Washington state. She loved to tell stories of her childhood in the northwest with her brother, Bob, and cousins, Willie and Jigs.
In her teens, the family returned to Omaha where Jo’s life-long passion would develop. She attended technical high school where she was able to study drafting and sewing.
After the family moved to Coucil Bluffs, Iowa, she graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School. In high school she was known for her art ability and her work was shown at Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha. She received a scholarship to study pattern drafting at the Institute of Art in Chicago.
Her education would lead to a business, Binki B, where Jo designed, manufactured and marketed children’s clothing. She hired the women of the neighborhood as seamstresses and provided educational experiences for young women from Iowa School for the Deaf.
After Binki B, Jo had a series of jobs, but she continued to sew... and sew... and sew. Her children and grandchildren were dressed in beautiful creations and they slept under quilts and on pillows and played with toys all sewn by Jo.
She designed and made dolls and clowns that became well loved by many. She literally made hundreds! She created beauty.
In her last years at home, she spent her time in her flower garden, making scrapbooks for her grandchildren, and of course, sewing.
Jo was preceded in death by her parents, Garland and Loleta McIntyre; her brother, Bob; and her husband, Herman Sanders.
She is survived by her three children, Bobbe and husband Kevin Whetstone of Ashland, Pete and wife Chrissy Tisserate of Deer Trail, Colo., and Julie Griebel and significant other Jeff Shea of Broken Bow; grandchildren, Emma Sutton, Trevor and Tracie Tisserat, Tia (Jory) Adam, Rebecca Fellman, Max Fellman (fiance Mallory Erdman), and Dexter Griebel.
Funeral services were Dec. 30, 2013, at the United Methodist Church in Sargent with Marvin Bauer officiating. Burial was in the Kent Cemetery in Loup County.
Published in Custer County Chief, Jan. 9, 2014