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Linn County News

Published Jan. 1, 2020


Mary Jo Ernst, age 76, of Pleasanton, Kan. passed away at her home Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Jo was born in Kansas City, Kan. on Oct. 12, 1943, the daughter of Bert and Tippy Hurst. She had one loving son, Mark Hill, born in 1966. She married George "Buck Ernst III in Roeland Park, Kan. on March 3, 1979. Jo had a true passion for flower gardening, going to Truman Lake, taking boat rides and watching the wildlife. She loved people and loved to laugh, she did not know a stranger and people were comfortable talking with her. She was preceded in death by her parents. Surviving Jo are her husband of 40 years, Buck, a son, Mark Hill and wife, Rhonda, one sister, Linda Williams, three grandchildren, Hannah Brockway, Erin Schmidt, Jakob Schmidt and three great-grandchildren, Maya, Holland and Max.

There will be a memorial service at a later date. The family suggests contributions to: The Warm House, 1660 Commercial St. Warsaw, MO 65355.

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