Mary Jo “Jody” Urbani, age 76, peacefully passed away Thursday, December 16, 2010 surrounded by her loving family. She was born September 15, 1934 in Birmingham, Alabama to James and Josephine “Jo” “Mimi” Morrison.
She is survived by her husband Pompeo “Pete” Urbani, Jr., children Carol Annette Yarbrough and husband James “Jim” D. Yarbrough, Peter James Urbani and wife Lisa Wafer Urbani, Mary Jo Urbani and husband Gary Steven Seale, Ann Elizabeth Kinard and husband Lee Dalton Kinard and Jeannie Morison Walser and husband Eric Michael Walser; step-sister Connie McNally Kane; grandchildren Ashley Yarbrough-Dusek, James “Beau” Yarbrough, Jr., Gary D. Seale, Samantha Finegan, Samantha Seale, Alexandra “Ali” Finegan, Sean Finegan, Dalton Kinard, Michael Kinard, Sara Paige Kinard, Madison Walser, Makenzie Walser, Isabella “Bella” Walser and Savanah Walser; great-grandchildren Luke Dusek and Blake Dusek.
She was brilliant and inspirational. A graduate of St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Galveston, she was known for her love and compassion. While she was educated as a nurse, her chosen profession was that of a wife and mother and she will be deeply missed. She continued to share her love and creative talents with her many beloved grandchildren. She was a woman before her time. She understood decades ago, today’s popular phrase, “recycle, reuse and repurpose.” A free spirit and talented artist, Jody often gifted her friends and family with treasured handmade creations. She was known for being able to “make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” Always one to stand up for what she thought was right, she was part of the original group that fought to save the Bishop’s Palace. Her heartbreak was the demolition of Ursuline Academy after Hurricane Carla. She was a member of Alpha Chapter – Theta Delta Beta, the Beta Study Club, St. Patrick Catholic Church Altar Society, and the Neighborhood Group Leader of See-N-Sew of the American Sewing Guild-Houston Chapter.
Pallbearers are Sam Tramonte, Rico Urbani, Jim Yarbrough, Gary S. Seale, Lee Kinard and Eric Walser. Honorary Pallbearers are Tony Lucci, Charlie Fernandez, Peter Urbani, Beau Yarbrough, Gary D. Seale, Dalton Kinard, Michael Kinard, Dustin Dusek, Luke Dusek, and Blake Dusek.
Memorials can be made to the donor’s choice.