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Ms. Jo Turpen of Plainview

Jo Della Turpen of Plainview, TX, passed away July 19,2020 at the age of 83. She was born April 12, 1937, to Walter Alton Culp and Laura Rosa Wyatt Culp of Happy Union. She was a graduate from Plainview High School and completed beauty school afterwards. Shortly after beginning her career as a beautician, the insurance industry interested her and she passed her licensing exam. The rest of her able-bodied life was dedicated to blazing a trail for women in this once male dominated industry. She also loved RVing with her loved ones and socializing with her neighbors. She brought dynamics and light wherever she went. Her can-do optimism was infectious and will guide all who are lucky enough to have shared paths with her. JoDella is survived by her children, a daughter, Tonda Howard and her husband David Howard, of Dallas TX, and a son, John Turpen and his wife Melissa Turpen of Plainview TX, and four grandchildren, Sam Howard, Anna Howard, Jacob Turpen and Joshua Turpen. She was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Waymon Alton Culp and Alice Laverne Heiser and grand-daughter Laura Howard. In lieu of flowers, we the Turpen family would ask that you make donations to The Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation alzinfo.org.

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