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Jo Ann Fley

Jo Ann Fley, 84, of Urbana, died on Wednesday, October 15 at her home at Clark-fleyLindsey Village, Urbana. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Sunday, October 19, 2014 in Huegy Lounge at Clark-Lindsey Village, Urbana, the Rev. Leah Robberts-Mosser officiating. The service will be followed immediately by a reception at which Jo Ann’s family and friends can visit one another. Cremains will be buried in Confidence Cemetery, Georgetown, Ohio. Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, 201 N. Elm, Champaign, is handling arrangements.

Jo Ann was born May 10, 1930 in Hamilton, Ohio, the daughter of James H. and Geneva Boehm Fley. She attended public school grades 1-12 in Milford, Ohio, and graduated valedictorian of her class in 1948. She earned a B.A. in history and graduated magna cum laude in 1952 from Western College for Women, Oxford, Ohio. She received an M.A. in history in 1953 from the University of Wyoming, and a doctorate in student personnel administration and higher education from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1964.

She served as Head Resident in residence halls at The University of Wyoming 1954-56 and The Ohio State University 1956-58, and served as an Assistant Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University 1964-65. During her 32-year career at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Jo Ann served as Assistant Dean of Women 1960-64 and as a professor of Higher Education 1965-1992.

Jo Ann held membership and served in sundry capacities in many professional organizations. Included were her term as a vice president of the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators and Counselors, and her service as a member of the Board of Editors of the Association’s Journal. She was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Western College Alumnae Association 2000-2007. She volunteered as a mentor in the Champaign Public Schools 2000-2007.

Jo Ann traveled to many parts of the world during her career and in her retire-ment years. She was a participant in many Bible studies and was an ardent gardener. She was a member of the Community United Church of Christ where she served as a deacon, established a ministry of casseroles, and was moderator during a period of fundraising to build an addition on the church.

Jo Ann was preceded in death by her parents and her stepmother, Elsie Hofmann Fley. She is survived by her cousins Phyllis Fley Mills, Lorena Shaw Pricket and Russel Shaw, all of Georgetown, Ohio, and James Shaw of Tipp City, Ohio; and by her devoted friend Dorothy Bell of Urbana, Ill.

Memorial conributions may be made to Community United Church of Christ, 805 S. Sixth St., Champaign, 61820; to Eastern Illinois Foodbank, 2405 North Shore Drive, Urbana, 61802; or to Caring Bridge, Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 6032, Albert Lea, MN 56007.

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We mourn the passing of Jo Ann Fley and send our condolences to Dorothy Peel and Jo Ann’s family. We celebrate Jo Ann’s life and her enduring kindness and friendship to our family. She was a warm and supporting presence in all of our lives, and we always enjoyed her entertaining wit on our visits to Champaign. We will miss her cheery greetings and heartfelt goodbyes.

William and Mary, Kai and Annalise Creswell


I am deeply sorry to hear about Jo Ann - I just found out last night. I was not aware that she had been ill.

She was a very great lady and I am proud to say that she was my cousin. I would very much like to make the trip to Champaign on Sunday, but I don't think that any of my siblings will be going - I would need a ride up and back.

My sincerest sympathy,

Joyce A. Fley


Dorothy, my deepest sympathy to you on Jo’s death. Western sent out an e-mail to those of us on their e-mail list, so my mind and heart were with you this afternoon at her memorial service. She was a very special friend, and my second son, Jim’s, godmother.

Catherine Ross Loveland Western ’52



It was a real treat to attend the memorial service for Professor Fley and to meet you yesterday. Even though Professor Fley’s passing is sad and I want to share my condolences, I must confess that thinking of her makes me smile and I feel privileged to have known her even just a bit.

I had Professor Fley for at least one class (it was so long ago I can’t remember if it was 2 classes or not). I was an undergraduate at the University of Illinois and, even though I was an undergraduate, I received permission to take her graduate level course in Student Personnel. I just remember Professor Fley’s kindness and support. She invited me to join her for a conference at Purdue University, drove me over to this conference which was exciting enough, but then even treated me to dinner at The Beef House. Her warmth and caring made a real impression on me. Even though I took a circuitous route to “student personnel” I am now an academic advisor in the Department of Ag & Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois and I count her as one of the two people at the big U of I who expressed a real concern for me as a student. I will always remember her kindness and great spirit and will continue to draw on that memory as a reminder when I’m meeting with my students now.

With deep sympathy,

Ann Finnegan