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In Loving Memory

Rains, Jo Ellen (nee: Escoffier)

April 13, 1951 - December 18, 2023

Jo Ellen (Escoffier) Rains of Webster Groves, Missouri, born April 13, 1951, passed away on Monday December 18, 2023.  She leaves behind a husband, Jack D. Rains of a little over 40 years.  He was a wonderful provider and caretaker throughout their marriage, especially the last few years when her health was declining.

Surviving family members: daughter Lisa (Thomas) Spinner; grandchildren Justin Spinner, Ellie (Grayson)(great grandson Tripp)Talcott , and Julia Spinner.

Siblings: Joseph Jules (Charlotte) Escoffier and Judith Escoffier, brother-in-law John (Janice) Rains.

Nieces and nephews: Kim (Beth) Politte, Melanie Rains , Wendy Page, Joshua Escoffier, Jesiah Escoffier, Jacquelynn Escoffier and Joseph (Jaclyn) Escoffier.  Great nieces and nephews:  Matthew, Kyle, Grayce, Clarissa, Ella Rae, Tristen, Alba, Jayden, Yasiah and Milo.

Jo is preceded in death by her father, Jules Joseph Escoffier, mother, Irene A. (Jones) Escoffier and brother, Arland “Sonny” Kelso. She also leaves behind numerous lifelong friends.

Jo grew up in Kimmswick, Missouri, graduating from St. Pius X High School.  As a teenager she was adventurous and enjoyed her time with her friends.

Jo loved to laugh, listen to music, and always made the holidays special. She was the epitome of being the “Fun Aunt” and claimed she had a direct line to Santa Claus, which proved to be true over the years. “Aunt Jo” also claimed to have “naturally” black hair that unfortunately was not proven to be true, but to be the work of her very devoted hairdresser and friend, Debbie.

Jo dedicated her early life to the retail stores Zayres and Target, then later worked at St. Louis County Government and retired with 23 faithful years of service. Her hard work and dedication made a strong impression on those she encountered.

Some of Jo’s favorite activities included celebrating the Twin’s birthday with Janice and John, going to craft fairs, “Pow-wow’s” and trips to Branson with her dear friend, Terri.  Shopping with Jean when attending Jack and Bill’s fishing trips was always a highlight of the year.  Jo made some amazing friends when Jack joined the Elks and cherished the time, she had with them.

Jo was a fantastic cook.  She and Jack loved to feed and entertain their friends and family.  She loved to collect Native American décor and anything colorful she could find to decorate their patio. She also made sure she acquired the latest “gadget” that QVC had to offer.

Jo and Jack loved and spoiled many dogs over the years and made it Heaven on Earth for them.

Jo was a very special woman and will be greatly missed by not only several UPS and Fed Ex delivery drivers, but by many people whose lives she touched. We love you, Jo, and now rest at ease.

SERVICES:  Visitation at Kutis Affton Chapel 10151 Gravois Road on Friday, December 22, 4 – 8 p.m.


2 thoughts on “Rains, Jo Ellen (nee: Escoffier)”

  1. So so sorry to hear of Jo’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family, especially Jude and Kim and Wendy. Many blessings. Love, Ceci and Gary (Cuz)

  2. OMG,Judy. I am so sorry for your loss. What a dear friend she was,and how we loved craft shows,and dining out
    We loved our jobs at St Louis county,and this is when we startrf our long friendship. I am just heartbroken
    I will call Jack soon.


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