Jo Ellen was born Jan. 31, 1927, in Worthington to Noble & Zola (Wilson) Short.
Jo Ellen graduated from Worthington-Jefferson High School in 1945. Jo Ellen was a life time member of Worthington Christian Church and a former member of Tri-Kappa. Jo Ellen retired from Worthington State Bank in 1992, after 47 years of service.
In addition to numerous devoted friends, Jo Ellen is survived by her husband, Harvey L. Wadsworth of Worthington; one great-niece, Christine (Michael) Griffin, Bloomington; great-great niece and nephews, Taylor McAfee, Eric Griffin and Matthew Griffin, all of Bloomington; great-niece, Catherine Beatrice, Indianapolis; great-great niece, MacKenzie Beatrice, Lake City, FL; sister-in-law, Mildred Wadsworth, Worthington.
Jo Ellen was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Jotta Sue Wadsworth; two brothers, Wilson and Wallace Short; two sisters, Imogene Herring and Avahnell Short; and a niece, Wally Jo (Herring) Jones.
Friends may call at Welch & Cornett Home in Worthington 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 a.m. until time of service at the Worthington Christian Church.
Funeral service will be at Worthington Christian Church, 11 a.m. Wednesday, with Chad Taylor officiating.
Burial will be in Worthington Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to Worthington Christian Church or American Cancer Society, at the funeral home.