|Texas Racing Suffers Great Loss as Jo
Ann Weber Succumbs to Cancer
The Texas horse racing industry
lost one of its greatest allies and champions when Texas Horse Racing
Hall of Fame Executive Director Jo Ann Weber lost her valiant battle with
cancer around 5:45 p.m. on Monday, November 22, 2004. Jo Ann was an energetic
70 years young.
Weber was widely known and loved for her tireless work on behalf of the
Texas horse racing industry over the last several decades, and her formidable
fundraising and event planning skills will be missed almost as much as
she will be by the many people whose lives she touched.
Jo Ann was the perfect executive director for the Texas Horse Racing
Hall of Fame. She felt very passionate about preserving the legacy of
the Texas horse racing industry and its participants. She was actively
involved in the induction process, as well as the planning of the permanent
museum and the annual gala.
Prior to becoming executive director of the Texas Horse Racing Hall of
Fame and Museum, Jo Ann was the manager of the Turf and Field Club at
Retama Park in Selma. She had an incredible talent for meeting and greeting
people and then turning them into life-long friends. Before her work at
Retama Park, Jo Ann worked for the Texas Thoroughbred Association and
was highly successful at recruiting new members and organizing events
for the association.
Jo Ann’s vibrant spirit was an inspiration to those who worked
“She had a way of bringing out the best that people had to offer,
and she demanded perfection in all her endeavors,” commented Tommy
J. Azopardi, executive director of the Texas Horsemen's Partnership. He
continued, “Jo Ann was the type of person that would take a project
and enthusiastically follow it through to completion. Her absence will
leave a big hole in the hearts of those she leaves behind.”
Jo Ann was preceded in death by her husband, Buddy Weber. She is survived
by her son, Fred Weber of Lockhart, his wife Shelly, and their daughter.
In typical Jo Ann fashion, she planned many of her final arrangements
before she passed away. According to her wishes, she will be cremated
and there will be memorial service at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 30
at the First United Methodist Church, 313 West San Antonio Street, Lockhart,
Texas 78644, (512) 398-3232.
The family has requested charitable contributions in lieu of flowers.
JoAnn’s preferred charities include the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer
Foundation and the First United Methodist Church in Luling, Texas.