Ms Jo Luxton



Jo lived, loved and was loved every moment of her 95 years. 


She was born in London to Rosina and Ted in 1928 and christened Rosina - a name she felt wasn’t modern enough and later changed to Jo. Fourteen years later, Jo had a sibling, Diana, to whom she stayed close. The family moved to Bristol during WW2. The war years were formative for Jo - she attributed her parents ‘can do’ attitude as being key to her own very positive attitude to life. After the war, Jo trained and began her career as a secretary. In 1952 Jo married her school sweetheart, Maurice, and was thrilled to have 2 boys - Chris and Andy, the loves of her life.


Jo and her family were adventurous; in 1964, they moved to live in Ankara in Turkey. Jo continued her career as secretary to the military attaché in the British embassy in Ankara and, with her family, made the most of living abroad - travelling extensively across Europe and the Middle East. The boys have fond memories of exploring Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, France, Italy, Germany and the like, as the family drove across the continent each summer for the 7 years they lived in Turkey. Driving across Europe with Andy, aged 12, as map reader epitomises Jo’s adventurous and positive spirit!


Jo returned to the UK in 1971 independently; she took the decision to undertake teacher training and kick started a new career as a primary school teacher in Bristol. She was an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher, later becoming a Deputy Head.


She found love again with Frank and re-married in 1975, moving to Dulverton in Devon. Jo embraced her new family building close and lasting relationships with Frank’s sons, Richard and Frank. The next move for Jo was to Uppingham in Lincolnshire to be closes to Chris and his 2 boys for several years. Sadly, Frank was diagnosed with cancer and Jo found herself as his primary career for the last years of his life. After Frank’s death, Jo moved to Cambridge to be closer to Andy & her gorgeous granddaughters, Milly and Lucy. She has subsequently become a great grandmother to Richard’s boys George & Henry, and David’s girls, Vivienne and Annabel. Jo adored all her grandchildren, was a big part of their lives and was much loved by them all.


In later years, Jo made a final move to Abbeyfield - where once again, she quickly established herself as an active member of the community - serving coffees every week and creating beautiful cards for residents on special occasions.


Jo was independent and strong minded - never afraid of a challenge; she balanced her determination with a wonderful sense of humour, quick to laugh and always able to keep those around her smiling. She designed and made original and beautiful cards, read widely, wrote creatively, gardened beautifully and travelled extensively.  She maintained close and loving relationships with friends and family alike.


A lovely mother, fabulous grandmother and inspiring great grandmother. Jo was funny and fun, smart and brave, warm, creative, loyal, engaged with life, brilliant with children and lovely with people. Her glass was always half full. She was a joy to be with. She leaves a huge hole in the lives of all those she was close to.

Charity details

Macmillan Cancer Support

As well as helping with the medical needs of people affected by cancer, Macmillan also looks at the social, emotional and practical impact cancer can have, and campaigns for better cancer care. Macmillan Cancer Support's goal is to reach and improve the lives of everyone living with cancer in the UK.

Registered Number 261017

RNLI (The Royal National Lifeboat Institution)

The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. They provide, on call, a 24-hour lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service. With lifeboats, lifeguards, safety advice and flood rescue, they are committed to saving lives.

Registered Number 209603

Messages of condolence

Remembering a very special lady. Jacky, Anneka & Alex x

Mrs Jacky Luxton

Jo was kind to me as a schoolboy when my parents lived 100 miles away. Always hospitable and supportive.

Mr Mark Tarsey

Service details

Cremation Service

15 May, 2024 11:30

Cambridge City Crematorium

Huntingdon Road, Girton, Cambridge, CB3 0JJ
Jo's service will be held in the East Chapel.