Lori Jo's Poem:
''Sept. 9th was the day
I passed away.
My family loved me,
so it was all okay.
I had just turned 51;
it was a day of fun.''
WARREN - Lori Jo Given, 51, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.
Lori Jo was born on Sept. 2, 1962, and she was the beloved daughter of John and Nedra Young Given.
Lori Jo was a graduate of Fairhaven School, where she was the prom queen. She was a participant in the Special Olympics, where she won many medals for swimming. Lori Jo was also a member of the Explorers, a unisex branch of the Boy Scouts.
"Lori Jo was always happy and carefree with a beautiful smile. We often joked that Lori Jo was Mom and Dad's 'best' and favorite child."
She was an avid skateboarder, bowler and softball player. She loved puzzles, snakes, Elvis Presley and KISS.
Lori Jo and her family were seasonal campers at Ridge Ranch for many years, and she and her mother were dedicated bingo players.
Lori Jo was greeted in Heaven by her loving mother, Nedra.
She is leaving behind her loving and devoted father, John, who rarely missed a day of special "father / daughter" time. She also was loved and will be missed by her sister, Evelyn Coe; a brother, Sam (Patty) Given; and a niece and nephew, Chelsea and Alex Coe. Lori Jo will be missed by all her aunts, uncles and many cousins.
She also leaves behind many special friends from the Boyd's Kinsman Home and Community Skilled Health Care Centre. The family would like to thank the staff at both facilities. Their love and dedication over the years has enriched Lori Jo's life in many ways and touched the hearts and lives of her family.
Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at McFarland and Son Funeral Home in Warren, with a memorial service to follow at 4 p.m. with Pastor JoAnn Gibson officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Boyd's Kinsman Home, 7929 state Route 5, P.O. Box 315, Kinsman, OH 44428-0315, or to the Animal Welfare League, 554 Brunstetter Road S.W., Warren, OH 44481.
Arrangements have been entrusted to McFarland and Son Funeral Services, 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481; 330-393-9621.
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