Jo Westbrook, 80, of Canadian departed this world on October 29, 2021, in Amarillo.
Celebration of Life Graveside Services will be 2:00 PM, Saturday, November 6, 2021, in the Edith Ford Memorial Cemetery in Canadian with Mark Meek, officiating. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Carmichael-Whatley Funeral Directors of Canadian.
Joyce Earlene Hyatt Westbrook was born August 7, 1941, to Earnest Hyatt and Madeline Weaver Hyatt in Aransas Pass. Jo moved with her family to Canadian in the summer of 1958. Jo was an incredibly talented self-taught artist. She saw beyond the realms of everyday spirituality and those who knew her well referred to her as an animal whisperer, due to her gentle spirit and incredible way with animals of all kinds. Turtles would even come to her when she spoke to them. Her passion for horses began at an early age. Jo was a skilled horsewoman, and developed an especially kindred relationship with her mustang, Sass, as they trained for and mastered endurance rides. Following her marriage to Kerry Westbrook on December 19, 1984, she worked alongside her husband in many capacities; they even combined their artistic talents in creating metal arts together. Jo was a very good cook and enjoyed teaching and sharing her life lessons, artistic gifts, skills, and love for animals with family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earnest & Madeline and a son, Joe Lynn Schafer.
Jo is survived by her husband, Kerry Westbrook of Canadian; son, Jay Schafer and wife Janice of Canadian; grandchildren: Jaymee Wright and husband Tyler of Stratford, Jesse Schafer and wife Chelsea of Stillwater, OK; great grandchildren: Creed Bryan Wright and Brady Schafer; brother: Tommy Hyatt and wife LaQueta of Midland; sister: Bonnie Kelly of Palacious; bonus family; Scott Westbrook and wife Candi of Tyro, KS, Kirk Westbrook and wife Laura of Canadian; bonus grandchildren: Connor Westbrook, MacKenzie Westbrook, Arik Westbrook, Chloë Westbrook, Lily Westbrook; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Shawn Hill Family %Canadian Church of Christ, 1013 S. 4th, Canadian, TX 79014 and Always Room for One More Horse Rescue, https://www.alwaysroomforonemore.org.