Jo Nell TENNY Obituary

TENNY, Jo Nell Jo Nell (Jody) Reed Tenny, a 60-year resident of Richardson, TX, age 83, died peacefully on Sunday, May 7, 2017. She was born June 1,1933 in Luling, TX, the daughter of Buster Reed and Helene Lawson Reed. She graduated from Luling High School as the valedictorian in 1950. She married Bob Brock and had three children, Kevin, Kristi, and Kerry Brock. In 1962, Jody married her soul mate Ralph Tenny, who was a loving husband and father to the children. She began college at the age of 40, and earned a B.S. in Rehabilitation Science at University of Texas Health Science Center (now UT Southwestern Medical Center). She worked for Child Protective Services for 20 years in Dallas County. Jody coauthored a curriculum for group treatment for mothers of sex abuse victims, led regular group sessions, and received several awards for her work with the Group Treatment Program. In her last 12 years with CPS, she served as the casework manager for Family Outreach of Richardson/Plano, a partnership of CPS and dedicated volunteers. There she won a number of awards and changed many lives for the better. Jody was a member of First United Methodist Church of Richardson for 60 years, where she served for two years as the President of United Methodist Women and also was a member of the administrative board and many committees. In early years she was a Cub Scout den mother for two years and was later a Girl Scout leader for 12 years. She and other leaders took girls on many camping adventures as well as on trips to Galveston TX, Georgia, Washington D.C., and Wyoming. Jo Nell was predeceased by her parents, her husband Ralph Tenny, and by her daughter Kristi Brock. She is survived by her brother Buster (B.R.) Reed, son Kevin Brock, daughter Kerry Brock, grandson Michael Brock, and great-grandchildren Sarah and Devin Brock. The family will receive visitors at Sparkman Funeral Home (Richardson) on Sunday, May 14, 5-7 pm. A short burial service will be at Luling Cemetery, Luling, TX, at 1:30 pm on Tuesday, May 16. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations can be made in her name to Grayson County Children’s Advocacy Center.

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