Jo Ann Hetherington

October 23, 1936 - September 26, 2019
Jo Ann Hetherington

JoAnn Nelson Hetherington, age 82, passed away peacefully September 26, 2019 due to complications related to heart disease and respiratory distress.

JoAnn was born October 23, 1936 in Washington, D.C. She attended Holton Arms High School in Washington, D.C. and graduated Bennett Jr. College in Millbrook, New York. JoAnn was a caring, outgoing, and creative individual.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Seth C. Hetherington and step daughter Jenny Harrison. JoAnn is survived by “Bert”, her close companion; her three children, Cynthia Ann Derr, Sheila Louise Plotts and Alexander Nelson Plotts; step children Paget Hetherington and Seth Hetherington; ten grandchildren; five great grandchildren; brother Fred Nelson, wife CoCo and sister Melissa Morgan Nelson, husband Tom.

JoAnn touched the lives of many with her ability to make anyone laugh  and will  continue to  live on in all of our hearts. Celebration of life to be held November 30, 2019, 1pm at Wilmington Funeral and Cremation, 1535 S. 41Street, Wilmington, N.C. 28403.

In lieu of flowers please donate to All 4 Cats at or the American Heart Association at

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation 1535 S. 41st Street, Wilmington NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


Saturday, November 30, 2019
1:00 PM

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1535 South 41st Street
Wilmington, NC 28403

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  • October 13, 2019
    Becky Clifford Pride says:
    Jo Ann was so loved by her Falmouth, Maine family and her Episcopal parish of St. Mary’s. She was actively involved, so much fun, witty, a delight to all of us! We have missed her and her joie de vivre terribly, but our hearts are knit forever. Now she sits at the right hand of God, and I’m sure she is helping out in Heaven. So sorry for your loss; so grateful you - and we - had her!