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“Love you so much !!! We had fun at the wedding...... ”
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In 1928 Mary Jo Zuber was born to a hard-working railroad day worker and his beautiful wife in a small central Texas town. Some years later her father heard of work for industrial worker hands in the larger city of Houston, Texas, where he and his wife moved with Mary Jo and her little sister Zola. Mary Jo and Zola graduated from high school in Houston and Mary Jo went to a business school to learn clerical skills. However, Mary Jo was drawn to glamor and took to part-time modeling at the up-scale Sakowitz Department Store on Main Street in downtown Houston. It was there that she met a handsome Persian rug salesman who became her first husband, Allen White, in the early 1950's and the father of her two children, Michael and Lisa.

Mary Jo and her husband moved to Key Largo, Florida, and managed a marina and small restaurant until the Cuban Missile Crisis (Bay of Pigs) brought about a change to their family. Mary Jo and her children eventually migrated to Houston where her mother and father still lived. She took a clerical job with NASA, and, by 1969, Mary Jo was part of the Mission Control clerical staff and received a Certificate of Appreciation autographed by Neil Armstrong for her contributions toward the success of the Apollo 11 Mission sending man to the moon. During this exciting time in her life she met and married an electrical engineer, Theodoor Elink-Schuurman. After her children graduated from high school, Mary Jo began to travel world-wide with her husband as his career sent him overseas for 8 years. Finally, by the mid-1980's, Mary Jo and her husband were ready to come back to the US and settled in Clearwater, Florida where they lived happily for many years together until his death in 2006.

At the age of 83, Mary Jo met a tall sharp snowbird from the Avon, Ohio region of the Midwest, John Newman, and committed her heart and loving support, once again, in marriage. Mary Jo encouraged him to travel with her to Europe one last time and the two of them covered as much territory at home and abroad as possible until it was time to rest. Mary Jo, and her husband, John, lived at Coral Oaks Assisted Living Facility in Palm Harbor, Florida.

Mary Jo is survived by her sister Zola Horton, daughter, Lisa, son, Michael, step-son, Ted, grandchildren and step- grandchildren, Esme', Christopher, Kristen and Jason, as well as her husband, John, and his children.

Mary Jo's generosity and love of life is best expressed by one of her favorite books of philosophy(s) set forth in the text of the "The Prophet" by Kahlil Gibran - We chose the following passage from that text to describe her "giving" nature (please also enjoy the chosen photos and feel free to leave a message for the family)

On Giving: What is the fear of need but need itself? There are those who have little and give it all. These are the believers in life and the bounty of life, and their coffer is never empty. There are those who give and know not pain in giving, nor do they seek joy, nor give with mindfulness of virtue - they give as in yonder valley the myrtle breathes its fragrance into space - through the hands of such as these, God speaks.

On Death: And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered? Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing. And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb. And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.
The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran (Philosopher and Artist 1883 – 1931)

And at the end ~ Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name's sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord