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Joe Anna Birdwell-Logan

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1926-2020

  • Joe Anna Birdwell-Logan

Joe Anna Birdwell-Logan, 93, passed away Feb. 2, 2020. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Joe Anna was born March 3, 1926, in Mt. Enterprise, Texas, the youngest child of John M. Green and Corabel Rhiddlehoover Green. Named after her uncle, Joe Anna was also known as Jody to her family and friends.

Joe Anna was raised in the small town of Mt. Enterprise. Upon graduation from high school in 1942, she attended business college in Henderson. She enjoyed working for the U.S. Navy in Houston until the end of World War II. After the war, Joe Anna attended Stephen F. Austin State University, which is where she met her future husband, Norris Birdwell. They married on Nov. 7, 1946, and made their home in Garrison before moving to Canton in 1952.

Joe Anna was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church. She was active in the community and a member of several clubs and organizations. After working 16 years for the Chevrolet dealership in Canton, Joe Anna became a teacher and taught for 26 years, 25 of which were for Canton ISD. Joe Anna thoroughly enjoyed teaching, especially government and history, and cherished her years at Canton High School. She was a keen storyteller and enjoyed reminiscing with friends and family. A lover of music, Joe Anna's favorite pasttime was dancing; she seldom missed an opportunity to slide her feet across the dance floor.

Joe Anna is preceded in death by husbands Norris Birdwell and Bill Logan, daughter Wanda Birdwell-Mitchell, and sisters, Janie Hough and Mary Lou Wagstaff.

She is survived by granddaughter, Holly Moffett and her husband, J.D.; great-granddaughters Kati and Lainey Moffett; nephews, Harry Hough and Mark Wagstaff; and niece, Barbara Jane Gulley.

Joe Anna's love for education inspired her to make an anatomical donation to UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. Her invaluable contribution will help to educate future physicians and advance medical science. "A teacher affects eternity; she can never tell where her influence stops."

If desired, memorial contributions can be made to the Norris Birdwell Scholarship fund at Prosperity Bank in Canton.