March 10, 1926 – October 26, 2018
On October 26, 2018 the sun shone brightly in the blue San Antonio sky sprinkled with white puffy clouds. Jo Ann Langford settled into her bed at the Forum in Lincoln Heights for her afternoon nap, then quietly and peacefully slipped out of her earthly bonds and into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Jo Ann was born in 1926 in Waco, TX to a hard-working, God-fearing family who struggled to make ends meet. During the Depression, when Jo Ann was only 10 years old, her father Oscar Elmo Love died and her mother, Nell Frances Love, moved Jo Ann and her sisters to Dallas. Their life was not easy, but Jo Ann made the best of her circumstances making friends at every turn. She wore hand-me-downs and dined on beans, but never shared the opinion of others that her family was poor and needy, because they were rich in the love of their Lord. Every Sunday, Jo Ann and her sisters Maureen and Sara, “The Love Sisters,” would ride the street car to downtown Dallas to sing Christian hymns on the radio.
Jo Ann married Ernest Keith Langford in 1947 and they enjoyed a wonderful life together in Dallas, Houston, and College Station. Following business school, she landed a job with the architectural firm of Golemon and Rolfe in Houston. She retired from that firm as partner and business manager. She was very active in the National Secretaries Association and received many honors for her leadership and commitment to her profession.
Keith Langford was a graduate of Texas A&M and had grown up in College Station where his father, Ernest Langford was Head of the School of Architecture at Texas A&M and Mayor of College Station. Jo Ann and Keith spent many wonderful times with fellow Aggies and their greatest pleasure was treating friends and family members to football games in their sky box at Kyle Field. There was no better hostess than Jo Ann Langford, as it was her heart’s desire that her guests be comfortable and have every possible need met immediately. She was renowned for kicking off her gatherings with one of her incomparable Bloody Marys.
Jo Ann treasured memories of weekend marathon bridge with her best girl friends. They would steel away to someone’s ranch or to a hotel and play for two solid days, stopping only for sustenance and libation! Jo Ann was always the organizer of those week-ends and became known fondly as “The General.”
Keith owned a travel agency in College Station, which offered him and Jo Ann the opportunity to travel all over the United States and to many foreign countries. They never missed an A&M football game, be it in College Station or on the moon!
Throughout her life, Jo Ann was very attentive to those less fortunate than her. She and Keith shared their time, talents, and treasure with those needing help. She was part of The Greatest Generation and was devoted to these United States and the values of her faith.
Jo Ann is preceded in death by her husband, Keith, her parents and sisters. She is survived by her children, Suzanne Langford Letch (Gerald C. Letch, Jr.) and David K. Langford (Myrna Flach Langford). Survivors also include four grandchildren, Gerald Campbell Letch III (Monica), Craig D. Letch (Jennifer), Keith B. Langford (Courtney) and Robin Langford Russell (Kevin), as well as ten great grandchildren: Aden Letch, Lawson Letch, William Gattoni, Henrik Gattoni, August Letch, Maya Letch, Huck Langford, Guthrie Russell, Lilly Russell and Harlan Russell.
Jo Ann’s family greatly appreciates the loving care received by the Assisted Living staff at the Forum at Lincoln Heights, by Lourdes Pryjomski with Caring Solutions and by Jamie Keyser and Maria Contreras with Heart to Heart Hospice.
There will be two services for Jo Ann. On Wednesday, November 7th at 3 pm at the Forum at Lincoln Heights, 311 Nottingham West, San Antonio, TX 78209. The service will be in the “Living Room” of the Independent Living building of the Forum. The second service will be held in Bryan College Station at Callaway Jones Funeral Home, 3001 S. College Ave., Bryan, TX, 77801, on Monday, November 12 at 11 am followed by lunch and burial service. The family will host a visitation from 10am up until the time of the service. Services in Bryan College Station will be officiated by Certified Life Celebrant Dawn Lee Wakefield.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 404 North Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78205, or Mission Road Developmental Center, 8706 Mission Road, San Antonio, TX 78214.