Betty Jo Howell Abel

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January 26, 1940 October 4, 2017 Betty Jo Howell Abel, 77, of Cordova, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Cordova Church of Christ.

Abel was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. A lady who always had a smile on her face, she will be dearly missed by everyone.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Ray Abel; parents, Enos and Velma Howell; and brother, James Howell.

She is survived by her daughters, Joni Abel Stacks and Tonya Abel, both of Cordova; son, Jody Abel (Amy) of Dickinson, Texas; sisters, Mary Grace Crauswell of Montgomery, Annie Ruth Howell of Cordova, and Carolyn Short of Cordova; grandchildren, Tosha Simon, Adam Stacks, Michael Abel, Casey Abel, and Mitchell Abel; and great-grandchildren, Maryhope Stacks, Harley Stacks, Emma Stacks and Trey Abel.

Collins-Burke Funeral Home, Jasper; 205-384-5571