Jo-Ann Sory Leggett

Jo-Ann Sory "Dr. Jo" Leggett

Friday, November 24th, 1939 - Friday, September 25th, 2020
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Jo-Ann Sory Leggett (Dr. Jo) a longtime resident of Victoria passed away peacefully on September 25, 2020. Jo-Ann known to all as “Dr. Jo” was born on Nov. 24th, 1939 in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She was the daughter of Dr. Curtis Sory and Virginia Hansen Sory.

She graduated from Ft. Lauderdale High School in 1957. She attended Florida State University where she was a member of the Flying High Circus. She performed the “Triple Trapeze Act. She was also a Majorette. Dr. Jo transferred to the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. It was here that she became passionate about John Dewey’s theory of Progressive education where children became actively engaged in learning experiences instead of sitting in stultifying boring classrooms. She emphasized that philosophy in everything she did. She graduated from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in 1964. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi sorority. She met the love of her life, Jay Leggett in Houston Texas while she was teaching school. They married Feb. 4, 1967. Dr. Jo taught school in Atlanta, Ga; Spring Branch, Tx., Corpus Christi, Tx., and Houston, Tx for 10 years before becoming a Graduate Assistant at the University of Houston, Victoria. She received her Master’s degree at University of Houston, Victoria in 1978 and formed The Children’s House as part of a grant for their Early Childhood program.

The Children’s House (TCH) moved to its current location in 1980 and has provided an experiential environment for young children for 35 years. During this time, both Jo-Ann and Jay were instrumental in introducing the Magnet School concept of education in the Public Schools. Dr. Jo and Jay also built Adventure Playgrounds for young children in Victoria. Dr. Jo received her doctorate degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Houston in 1992. She was able to fulfill her lifelong passion for education by visiting Early Childhood Centers all over the world. She and Jay would bring back items to supplement experience units at The Children’s House.

She is survived by her three children Dr. Richard Holt Leggett and wife, Jenny Leggett, Victoria, Texas; Jay Leggett and wife Michelle Leggett, Pearland, Texas; and Virginia Leggett and husband Scott Coffman , Victoria, Texas. She is also survived by six grandchildren, Jacalyn and Sarah Leggett of Victoria, Texas; Curtis and John Leggett, Pearland, Texas; Jackie and Jessie Coffman of Victoria, TX.

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    Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 | 4:00pm
    Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 4:00pm
    Holy Family Catholic Church
    704 Mallette Drive
    VICTORIA, TX 77904
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    Memorial Mass and Rosary will be on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Church. Rosary will start at 3:30 PM, immediately followed by a Memorial Mass at 4:00 PM. Holy Family Catholic Church and Grace Funeral Home is following the recommended health protocols in accordance with Governor Greg Abbott's issued Executive Order No. iGA-18 relating to COVID-19. MASKS ARE MANDATORY AND SOCIAL DISTANCING ENFORCED.


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janet kutchka

Posted at 09:42pm
we met JoAnn in early 80's when our daughter started at The Children's House at age 4..What a miraculous place and what fun she had.....riding a horse.... making scrambled eggs .....learning to craft, play games and seeing the world thru smiling eyes...Through out the years we would see Dr Joe and watch as the school grew and grew....Always she remembered Jill and in the past few years I would see her having a pedicure and entertaining the other patrons.. I was so sorry to know she had to go thru the horrors of Cancer but she still always remained full of life and full of fun! She will always be remembered ---and always be missed. JANET, RAY, AND JILL KUTCHKA (now Jill Abel/Pearland and Nassau Bay)

Krysta Zavesky and family

Posted at 09:39am
Saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. My Deepest sympathy.
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Candace Donahoe

Posted at 12:47pm
Candace Donahoe
JoAnn was such a character and she had such a positive outlook on everything even when she was ill. Four of my children attended The Children’s House and loved it so much. Erin saved her alphabet books until they were falling apart. Cash and Allison Kept wanting to return to the Children’s House when they went to regular school. My condolences to her family.

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Posted at 10:43am
We are thinking of yall during this difficult time.
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Dr. Doug and Jennifer Matey

Posted at 09:53pm
Leggett Family: Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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