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OBITUARY: Ina Jo Grady

Ina Jo Grady, our loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and teacher, passed away in her sleep on March 24, 2013. She was 91 years young.

Jo was born on Dec. 20, 1921, in Pike County, Ark., where she was also raised.

After a year of college, at age 18 she began her teaching profession by teaching a first, second and third grade class for the same school district she graduated from the year before. At 5'1", she also coached the high school basketball teams.

After the death of her husband, Hercle in 1959, she returned to college and earned her teaching degree. She taught in Arkansas elementary schools for four years. Then in 1966, after interviewing over the phone and being hired, Jo came to Blythe and the Palo Verde Unified School District. She taught third grade at Felix J. Appleby Elementary School from 1966-1990. Her students were a source of great pride for Jo.

From her retirement until her death, you could find her around town speaking to her former students or walking up to them asking, "Didn't I have you in class?" She had an uncanny ability to recognize "her kids."

Soon after retirement from teaching she learned she had breast cancer, which she not only survived, but inspired her for her next chapter in life of helping others survive cancer. She began working with cancer support groups with fundraising and direct assistance to cancer patients. Cancer found a true enemy in Ina Jo Grady.

Jo is survived by her son, Bob Grady (Juanita) of Blythe; five grand and step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She is also survived by hundreds of elementary children who she considered her children.

There will be a memorial service for Jo on March 30, 2013 at 1 p.m. at Frye Mortuary, 633 N. 7th St., Blythe. She will be buried in Glenwood, Ark. at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a cancer or Alzheimer's charity of your choice.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Article comment by: Robert Navarro

Rest in peace mrs. Grady, my 3rd grade teacher. I can honestly say that she was my favorite teacher ever. She was always so nice and made learning, at that age , fun. My life was enriched by this wonderful teacher, I am sad, but happy I was in that corner room at Appleby elementary school with the best teacher at that school. Robert Navarro, South First Street , Blythe...

Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Article comment by: Tom Gleeson

Scooter & Juanita

Your mom was an incredibly kind and strong woman. I'm sorry for yours and the Blythe community's loss. She was a great inspiration to many.
RIP Mrs. Grady.



Posted: Monday, April 1, 2013
Article comment by: Cherri (Tennefos) Murphy

Mrs. Grady was my third grade teacher and taught me to love reading, something I still do today. She expected the best work and because she was such a great teacher I gave her my best. So sorry to hear of her passing but know she impacted a lot of lives and will not be forgotten. God Bless


Posted: Sunday, March 31, 2013
Article comment by: Mary Brown

Mrs. Grady was my 3rd grade teacher and one on my favorite teachers. She had a special way of talking to kids and making them feel more special than any other kid in her class. We all felt like we were her kids and if we had a problem she would help fix it. She would give you a hug if she thought that was what was needed to make it all better. The world needs more teachers like her. She has made a huge impression on the kids she taught and will be truly missed.

Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013
Article comment by: Terry Kratzer

Mrs Grady was my first teacher when we moved to the Blythe area. Going into a new class late in the year in the 3rd grade is tough for a young kid, but Mrs Grady made it easy for me. Great teacher, she will be greatly missed...

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: Jo Ann Harper

Like Ina Jo, I was born in Pike County, Arkansas, in the small town of Glenwood.

She was in her third year of teaching when I entered her third grade class. I have many fond memories from that time.

She was more than just my teacher. She was my friend since I knew her whole family - her mother, brothers and sister, nieces and nephews.

My deepest sympathy for your loss.


Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: Julie Phelps

She was the definition of LADY


Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: Mendoza Family

Bob, I am so sorry for your loss. Our heart goes out to you and your Beautiful Family. She is smiling down on you now.

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: Laura Garrett - Ruiz

I have always remembered Mrs. Grady. She was my teacher at Appleby. One thing I still remember that she taught me & the class it was for a Mother's Day card and she sang it to us:

M is for the million things she gave me
O means only that she's growing old
T is for the tears she shed to save me
H is for her heart of purest gold
E is for her eyes with love-light shining
R means right and right she'll always be

Put them all together, they spell MOTHER, the word that means the world to me." ♪

I remember forgetting the words a few days later, so I looked her up in the phone book and called her at home! She was so nice, she sang it for me over the phone!

Rest in Peace Mrs. Grady.


Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: Dee Coats

My prayers go out to Bob and family.
Mrs. Grady was an awesome woman, she was an excellent teacher my girls still love her.
She was a volunteer for Blythe Cancer Resource Center sold Lilies and got sponsors for our annual Walk.
She was an amazing woman that was loved by everyone that met her. Jo Grady, you will be missed, rest well in the arms of the Angels you have earned your rest.


Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: Tamara Heath

Scooter I have so many good memories of your mom. My love goes out to you and your family.

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: Jere Allan

Bob, please accept our sincerest sympathy at the passing of your mother. She was a faithful Christian lady of first class, I am glad that she was a part of our lives. Our love to you and the family.

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: Robin Bowers

I know I won't be the first to say what an exceptional human being Mrs. Grady was. As my 3rd grade teacher she made such a huge impact on my life. Even though I was young I remember Mrs. Grady like it was just yesterday. She would always tell us stories about "Scooter" her son. She lite up when she talked about him, he was the apple of her eye. Mary, Sarah, Scooter, I'm so very sorry for your loss. She volunteered her time with the Cancer Society and Relay for Life and always gave with such a loving spirit. I will Miss you Mrs. Grady ,but I know I will see you again... I'd bet my life on it!



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