Jo Anne attended schools in Pleasanton and learned to play the piano from her mother, Thelma. In fourth grade, she started playing drums in the high school orchestra because there were no other drummers. After graduating from Pleasanton High School in 1947, Jo Anne completed a semester at Trinity University in San Antonio and a semester at Southwest Texas State College in San Marcos before moving on to the University of Texas at Austin. As a music major, Jo Anne studied harp, pipe organ, and percussion, and in 1951 graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education.
On March 1, 1952, Jo Anne married Ivan F. Horne, Sr., another student and musician from UT Austin, at First Methodist Church in Pleasanton. After Ivan obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of Texas, he joined the Air Force and was stationed at Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas for just six months. before the newlyweds were transferred to Ramey Air Force Base in Puerto Rico. There, Jo Anne taught grade 4 at the base elementary school. She has often stated that she remembers that brief year of her life with the warmest memories as it was the furthest she had ever traveled from Texas. The Pleasanton Express at the time even ran a series of articles by Jo Anne chronicling her experiences in Puerto Rico.
After leaving the Air Force, Ivan returned to the University of Texas to earn a master’s degree in music. That year Ivan and Jo Anne were members of the Austin Symphony Orchestra: Ivan as principal oboist and Jo Anne as timpani. As Ivan embarked on a career as a group manager, the young couple lived in Weimar, Texas, where they welcomed their eldest son, Ivan. They then moved to Freer, Texas, where their second son, David, was born. In both towns, Jo Anne taught piano to help support the young family.
The family then moved to Corpus Christi for a few years, where Ivan led the Tuloso-Midway group and Jo Anne taught English. It was at this point that Ivan decided to change his career and attend dental school at the University of Texas at Houston. The young family moved to Houston where Jo Anne taught at Spring Branch Junior High School while Ivan studied for his doctorate in dental science.
When Ivan graduated in 1965, the family returned to Pleasanton for a few months as Ivan opened his dental practice and the couple searched for their forever home in San Antonio. Jo Anne taught English at Eisenhower Middle School for a year, and in December 1966 they welcomed their only daughter, Sherry, into the family.
Over the following years, Jo Anne dedicated her life to helping Ivan in his growing dental practice and raising their three children. University of Texas graduates and Longhorn enthusiasts, they enjoyed watching games and many other alumni activities. But after less than five years of practicing dentistry, Ivan was diagnosed with cancer and died on December 27, 1970.
Determined to better provide for her family, Jo Anne enrolled at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio to earn a master’s degree in library science. She graduated at the top of her class in 1973 and was fortunate – in fact, she would say blessed – to be hired as a librarian at Larkspur Elementary School in San Antonio, where her daughter Sherry would enter second grade. . Jo Anne loved her job and retained the post of librarian at Larkspur until his retirement in 1993.
From that year until 2013, Jo Anne operated a piano studio and engaged in many interests and hobbies. Jo Anne loved to go fishing at Quillian Ranch and Rockport, but she found special peace and quiet on Port Aransas beach. She was an exceptional cook but never wanted to admit it. His love of cookies, muffins, and pastries laid the foundation for his mastery of baking, which ultimately earned him fame for his lemon cake: a winner at a family reunion. Jo Anne also loved sewing projects of all kinds, giving gifts to loved ones and decorating her home with her designs. When arthritis hampered these projects, she took on others, including collecting stamps, reading, and caring for her golden retrievers. In addition to her cultural enrichment, a life of musical performance and study has enabled her to name virtually any classical or symphonic piano work she has heard.
Jo Anne believed that sharing her love of music with her grandchildren through piano lessons was the greatest gift she could give them. She taught the piano to her eight beloved grandchildren, just as her mother had taught her own grandchildren.
As an avid reader and passionate about history, Jo Anne has delved deeply into genealogy. She was a long-time member and regular volunteer for the Genealogical and Historical Society of San Antonio (SAGHS). Every year for 25 years, she traveled with a group from SAGHS to Salt Lake City, Utah, to the Family History Library. She spent hours in the library reading and doing genealogical research. She also enjoyed visiting the sights of Salt Lake City and discovering her favorite restaurants and routines that she enjoyed every year. After her mother finished writing a family book, A Branch of Quillians, Jo Anne presented a copy to the library on one of her visits. Her close connection to history led her to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the San Antonio chapter of Bexar, and the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Alamo mission chapter.
Jo Anne and Ivan joined St. Francis Episcopal Church in 1965. In 1980 Jo Anne transferred her membership to Christ Episcopal Church, but in her old age distance and traffic forced her to patronize St. Francis nearby. But last year, Jo Anne decided to return to Christ Episcopal Church, where services for her will be on Thursday, September 30 at 10 a.m., followed by funeral services at Mission Burial Dominion Park.
The service will be broadcast live and can be viewed at: https://www.cecsa.org/live-stream
Jo Anne is predeceased by her parents; her husband, Ivan; and three siblings, sister La Merle Koehl and brothers Roy D. Quillian Jr. and Wesley Quillian.
She is survived by her sons, Ivan F. Horne Jr. and his wife, Kathleen, and David Murray Horne; her daughter, Sherry Denise Philippus and her husband, Jon; eight grandchildren, Sara Floyd and her husband, Colton, Joshua Horne, Emily Porter and her husband, Garrett, Kirsten Lang and her husband, Ian, Casey Horne and his wife, Shayne, Lindsay Philippus, Daniel Philippus and Cynthia Philippus; four great-grandchildren, Owen Ryker Floyd, Rhett Axel Floyd, Presley Marie Lang and Pierce Murray Lang; first cousins, Virginia May Bennack, Phil Bennack and Susan Bennack Bagwell; dear friend and cousin-in-law, Margie Bennack; daughter-in-law, Ingrid Horne; many nieces, nephews and other relatives; and countless friends.
The family requested that memorials for Jo Anne be made at the Genealogical and Historical Society of San Antonio.
Posted by Legacy on October 12, 2021.