Jo Ann Eastburn

June 8, 1950 - May 4, 2022

Jo Ann Eastburn, 71, of North Fort Myers, FL, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Cape Coral, FL. She was born June 8, 1950 in Bloomfield, NJ to Norman and Nancy Paxton, now deceased.

Growing up, she dedicated her time to riding and showing horses as a member of the local 4H club. She later went on to become valedictorian of her graduating class and was awarded with a scholarship for her continuous hard work.

Jo Ann lived most of her life in North Fort Myers, Florida where she worked for many years as a paraprofessional in the Lee County School District. She rose to the challenges of working with the most difficult students by forging genuine connections with them-this was one of her greatest attributes.

She had a passion for cooking and was adventurous enough to try out new recipes. Jo Ann was an exceptional pool player, taking part in several winning leagues. She also found joy in playing board games, cards, or BINGO with her friends and family. Nonetheless, spending time with her family was paramount in building beautiful memories with all who loved her. Jo Ann was immensely proud of her children and especially loved her role as grandma. Her grandchildren were the highlight of her life, and she was very excited and grateful to be able to live so close to all three of them.

Jo Ann’s vivacious and forthright personality always commanded attention, and led to her forming several long-lasting friendships. She was a straight-shooter, always direct and honest with those she cared about.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 27 years, Phillip Eastburn of North Fort Myers; three children, Wynell Jones of North Fort Myers, Norman Jones (Meagan) of Cape Coral, and Jesse Jones (Lindsey) also of Cape Coral; three brothers, Norman Townsend (Valerie) of Manalapan, NJ, Melvin Townsend, II of North Fort Myers, and Christopher Townsend (Pamela) of Cape Coral; as well as three grandchildren, Riley Jones, Scarlett Jones, and Alina Jones.

No formal services are planned at this time.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Joann Linhart May 11, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Although I never met JoAnn, Wynell as been a friend of my daughter, Karen, and I for many years. Wynell exhibits infinite good qualities, a sense of humor, and a great character.. Those things don’t happen by chance , but by good parenting early in life. For JoAnn’s husband, daughter, son, brothers, and grandchildren.. may her memories comfort you at this difficult time.

  2. Sharra Leonard May 13, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    I worked with JoAnn at Suncoast Elementary, JoAnn always had a big smile on her face! She could work with some of the most difficult children! I am so sorry for the family.

  3. Cheryl Tango May 13, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    What a wonderful lady!! I worked with JoAn at NFMAA and she always had a smile and kind word for everyone. She made the best biscuits and gravy for our get togethers at school. Sending love and prayers to her family❤️

  4. Ledith Humphries May 14, 2022 at 11:29 am

    I’m sorry to hear of Jo Ann’s passing, I also worked with her at Suncoast Elem. She was always happy and cheerful. She will be missed. Prayers for her family.

  5. Debbie Penia May 15, 2022 at 5:48 pm

    Meet Joann many years ago. Planned in a lot of pool leagues with her. Still have her first wedding rings. She was such a sweet friend always. Joann will be missed by many. Hope she is playing pool with her bubba Tony and Kessie.

  6. Diane Vance May 15, 2022 at 9:32 pm

    I have not seen Jo Ann in many years but I had the privilege of growing up with her and her siblings as cousins. She always had an amazing presence and she will be missed by her family and for them I send my sincere condolences.

  7. Denise May 16, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Joann was a beautiful person. Inside and out. I have many memories of her. She always had a smile on her face (even when things were not funny). She was an amazing pool player. I would be playing with someone, then she would put her quarters on the table and I would think crap, it’s over for me if I won. Euchre, now she was a champ. I loved being her partner. She loved her husband and children very much. And oh that smile, was never ending. I moved away a long time ago but I will always remember Joann. I Love You.

  8. Rose. Beeman May 17, 2022 at 6:53 am

    Pam. This is Rose
    I am so sorry to hear the news. , please know that you guys are all in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know the plans.
    RIP :Joann. You my friend will surly be missed. .
    My condolences , Rose

  9. eloise lutz May 17, 2022 at 7:08 am

    she was a great friend and co worker god be with her family

  10. Cathy J Trent May 17, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Joann was part of the backbone at Suncoast Elementary/NFMAA. She was a champion of the children that came through her life and were better for knowing her. Prayers for her family!

  11. Peg and Greg Bohl May 17, 2022 at 8:14 pm

    So very sorry for your loss Jesse , Lindsey and family. Very glad you have each other so close to lean on. Our thoughts are with you .

  12. Jackie McHarry May 17, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    I had the pleasure of meeting Joann when her daughter, Wynell was in my 3rd grade classroom. Joann was a very caring parent and had a great sense of humor as I recall. Wynell was a lovely student and a credit to her mother.

  13. Richard Whaley May 17, 2022 at 10:49 pm

    Another of our Suncoast Elem. family has passed on. For many of us it was the best time of our careers. My prayers go out to the family.

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