Lula Jo DeFord

  • Died: May 25, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Covington Knolls

8325 Covington Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46804

Tel. (260) 426-9494

Tribute & Message From The Family


Lula Jo DeFord, 87, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on May 25, 2019.
Born to Curtis & Ola Anna (Craft-Hughes) Willen on April 18, 1932 in Albany, KY.
An active member of Seminary United Methodist church, she served on the church board and co-founded the Children's Closet and Country Store ministries, and served as the wedding coordinator for many years. Jo held offices in the Order of the Eastern Star and was an auxiliary member of the American Legion. She served on the Roanoke Town Council and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce. She was a lifetime sponsor of the Roanoke Historical Society. She served as both a
Cub Scout Den Mother and Girl Scout leader. Jo enjoyed spending time in her flower gardens and quilting. Her quilts were gifts of love to her family, friends, and Lutheran Hospital's Pediatric Unit. Above all, Jo loved being with her husband and family. She enriched the lives of all those around her.

She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Melvin (Roy) DeFord; son, David Bear (Carol Linten) Treace; daughter Janean (Jim) Farrell; seven grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren; Brother Charles (Mary Jane) Willen; and sister, Norma (Ken) Patton Buhrman; brother-in-law Lynn Odier, and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly. Preceded in death by her parents; sisters Ann (Lynn) Odier, and Patricia (Ken) Schaefer.

Service is 11 am on Wednesday, May 29 at Seminary United Methodist Church 285 N. Seminary St, Roanoke with visitation one hour prior to the service. Visitation also on Tuesday, May 28, from 3 to 7 pm, at D.O. McComb & Sons Covington Knolls Funeral Home 8325 Covington Rd. Burial will take place in Prairie Grove Cemetery, Waynedale. Memorials may be made to Seminary Church or Visiting Nurse/Hospice Home 5910 Homestead Rd, Fort Wayne.