A Woman of Worth – Jo
Welcome to my series, “A Woman of Worth.” I’m excited to introduce you to the many women who have impacted my life and inspired me throughout the different seasons of my life. I have a feeling they will inspire many of you as well. We never know the path that others have walked when we first meet them. Whatever we are going through, we can usually find someone that will inspire us in the very thing that we need encouragement in. Through this series, I hope you will enjoy meeting the women that I have had the blessing of having in my life either for a short time or a very long time.
I met Jo Fite many years ago when I became a Mary Kay Cosmetic Consultant about 25 years ago. When I first met Jo, she was always so kind and was interested in me and my family. She always asked about my kiddos. She was and is an encourager. I admired how she always had a smile on her face and she was easy to talk to. She was also one that I knew was praying for me and I prayed for her as well.
Jo and her husband will celebrate their 43rd anniversary this year. When they married… Lyn who was 14 years older than she, had 2 children. Jo had given a baby girl up for adoption on one very early Easter morning when she was 16. Jo never stopped praying for her daughter over the next 25 years. After 25 years of praying for her, Jo was contacted by her daughter. She had just had her first child and wanted to find her birth mother. This was such an amazing time in all of their lives as Jo had her daughter back and a new grand baby. They are now all very close and are enjoying being a family again. Jo and Lyn now have 3 grandchildren. I love this story, don’t you?
Jo and Lynn lived in west Texas for a very long time and decided to retire to a small town in New Mexico. This was a big change for Jo as her mother was beginning to have dementia and so they moved her with them and shortly after the love of her life, Lyn, developed Macular Degeneration. This season of Jo’s life involves spending time servicing her Mary Kay customers of 30 years and taking good care of her mom and husband. She is the chief driver of the family. I love what she shared with me:
“Mom & Lyn always took great care of me over the years, so I consider this a blessing that I can now take care of them!”
Jo became a Christian shortly after she married. She and Lyn were doing a Bible study together and she realized that she needed to make Jesus her Lord and Savior. When she was around 10 years old she was introduced to Christ and made a profession, but didn’t remember much about it. So she settled it in her 20’s.
Jo’s biggest challenge in life right now is doing her best to take care of her husband and mom. Jo is also struggling with arthritis, She has had several surgeries and needs a couple more but is putting it off as she doesn’t want to be down and not able to care for her husband and mother. Now if you were to meet Jo, you would probably never know this as she doesn’t talk about herself very much. She’s always caring for others and loves doing so.
Jo’s favorite scripture that brings her comfort at this time in her life is:
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus!” Philippians 4:6-7
Jo told me that she wanted to be remembered as someone who cares for those that she loves and meets each day. That is Jo! When you meet her, you know that she truly cares for everyone in her life.
I hope you are encouraged by Jo’s life. What a beautiful picture of grace and beauty she is. I’m thankful to call her my friend! I love seeing her faithfulness to her husband, her children and her mom. She loves each of her Mary Kay customers and you know she’s doing something right when her customers call her and ask if they can go to church with her. That’s my friend, Jo! Alamogordo, New Mexico is lucky to have you!
Until next time,
I think being a caretaker is one of the most challenging and difficult jobs. Praying that God will give her all the strength and grace she needs during this time. Thank you, Beverly, for honoring and introducing your dear friend. <3
Karin, you have much to share on the issue of taking care of a loved one. Thank you for your sweet comment!