My name is Betty Jo, but everyone calls me Jojo and I am happy to be a resident at The Brennity at Daphne in Daphne, Alabama. I have lived here since October 2018 and I love all of the activities that the community provides – I stay so busy all of the time!
I was born and raised here in Daphne. While growing up, my father owned the local drug store located in downtown. As a child, I remember this city being very small and quaint. As for today, it seems ten times bigger and still growing! Daphne is known as “The Jubilee City” and the jubilee is one of my favorite things about growing up here. Jubilee is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the oxygen level of water is low, the temperature of water is high, and the wind is blowing out of the east. It usually happens early in the morning or near dusk. Fish, shrimp and crabs head to shallow water in search of oxygen and the locals head to the shoreline to catch their dinner!
I graduated from Fairhope High School and then married the love of my life, Jack. We married in the old Methodist church, which is now the Daphne Museum. We had three lovely children – John and James, our twin boys, and our daughter Susan Jo. I loved staying home and raising our family and I’ve enjoyed seeing it grow over the years. My family knows me as being a nurturer and a cook – my chicken and dumplings are famous! During Christmas time, my favorite thing to do was to make sugar cookies with my family and to buy our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. We made such wonderful memories.
Besides my family, I love to watch Auburn football, world news, sewing and camping. I have traveled all over the United States, from hiking the Smokey Mountains to sailing a cruise in Alaska! My advice to others is, “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”