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Eva Jo Sapp, Feb. 4, 1944-Sept. 8, 2012, of Columbia

September 11, 2012 | 5:09 p.m. CDT

Eva Jo Sapp, 68, of Columbia passed on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at her home in Columbia with her husband and children at her side.

A remembrance and celebration of her life will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Firestone Baars Chapel on the Stephens College campus.

Jo was born Feb. 4, 1944, in San Antonio, Texas, to Herschel Barnhill and Ada Rasdon Barnhill.

She married David Paul Sapp in Columbia on July 6, 1968.

Survivors include daughter Lesley Jeanne Sapp of Columbia; son Michael David Sapp, wife Masha and granddaughter Jessie Elena Sapp of St. Louis; mother Ada Barnhill and sister Jeanne Barnhill of Corpus Christi; and brother John Barnhill of Houston, Texas.

Jo was preceded in death by her father, Herschel Barnhill, who passed on Feb. 15, 2005.

Jo had three overriding passions – her family, her community, and writing.  And she had a rare combination of moxie and generosity of spirit that put strangers at ease and secured close friendships for decades.  Her uncanny ability to find the humor in any situation helped to keep life – a terminal condition as she called it – in perspective.  Over her years of living with cancer, she never dignified it with the opportunity to keep her from enjoying life to the fullest. 

In lieu of flowers, consider a contribution to a favorite charity.

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