OBITUARY: Jo Newton, 88, of Burnet was devoted to family, active in church

Jo Newton, 88, of Burnet died Jan. 30, 2013, at Regent Care Center in San Marcos. Visitation is 1 p.m. Feb. 2 with a funeral service following at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Burnet. Her son, the Rev. Mark Newton is officiating.  Interment will be at Post Mountain Cemetery in Burnet.

Elsie Jo Spillers Newton was born Sept. 8, 1924, in a farmhouse in the Hoover’s Valley community in Burnet County to Rex A. and Tillie Frances Lynn Spillers. Jo, along with her sister Winnie and other siblings Dora, Chuck and Bill, was raised by their devoted and hardworking mother. She attended all grades of school in Burnet and was a proud graduate of Burnet High School’s Class of 1942. After graduation, Jo began working for the city of Burnet at the offices located in the Burnet County Courthouse. She worked in the utility billing department and, later, moved to the new city offices on the square and worked for the city secretary.

In 1946, Jo was reintroduced to Douglas Newton, also a Burnet native. After dating several months they were married Sept. 12, 1946. From that moment on, it was always “Doug and Jo,” a loving and devoted couple. They were married for more than 60 years until Doug’s death in 2006. After the birth of their first child, Jo didn’t return to work for the city. She devoted herself full time to her home and family. From 1962 to 1985, however, Jo was secretary, bookkeeper, accountant, payroll officer and human resources specialist for Newton Service Center, her husband’s local business. Of course, she was never paid and worked from her kitchen table!

Jo became a Christian at the Burnet Church of Christ and faithfully attended the church. In 1972, she joined First Baptist Church of Burnet so all her family could worship together. She was active in all areas of church life at First Baptist. Jo taught yearly in vacation Bible school as well as led young girls in missions’ education in GAs. As a mom, Jo was always supportive of her children in their school activities. She was a room mother, a PTA member and a booster club parent. Jo was known as a kind, compassionate and gracious woman who lived to serve and constantly worried over all her family.

Jo is survived by her children Carolyn Stephens and husband Buddy of Burnet, Steve Newton and wife Helen of Burnet, Becky Grimes and husband Ted of Palacios and Mark Newton and wife Aurelia of San Marcos. Her grandchildren include Tom Stephens and wife Chris, Shannon Stephens and wife Val, Joshua Brannon, Jessica Doramus and husband Darrell, Bonnie McNiel and husband Jeff, Sam Newton, Andrea Lambert and husband Stacy, Adolynn Newton and Truett Newton as well as 11 great-grandchildren. Jo is also survived by her brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ernest and Audrey Newton, and many nieces and nephews.

Jo was preceded in death by her husband and her granddaughter Robin Lynn Stephens.

The family wishes to express appreciation to the staff and caregivers of Regent Care Center of San Marcos for the loving care they provided to Jo the last two years as well as the members of First Baptist Church of San Marcos.  Memorial donations may be given to the First Baptist Church of San Marcos Building Fund.

Arrangements by Edgar Funeral Home, 109 N. Main St. in Burnet, (512) 756-4444. Condolences may be made at