JOAN “JO” BABBITT, of Evanston, Ill., 92, surviving spouse of retired Elder James Babbitt, Sr., died on February 26, 2021.

There will be no public visitation. A private internment service will be led by the Rev. John Huff and will be live-streamed on the Feeny-Hornak Facebook page on Saturday, March 6, at 10:00 a.m. (EST); it will be posted later to the obituary page.

Jo is survived by her four children and their spouses: Jim Jr. (Michele), Rob (Tina), Beth (Tom), and Barbara (Jim). She leaves a beautiful family of nine grandchildren, several grand-spouses, and ten great-grandchildren (so far).

Memorial contributions may be made to the James and Joan Babbitt Endowed Scholarship at G-ETS. Donations may be made online at; or make checks payable to Garrett-Evangelical with a note for “Babbitt Scholarship” in the memo line and mail to: Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, 2121 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201.

Condolences may be sent to Beth Babbitt Borst, 1602 Greenwood Street, Evanston, IL 60201-4056 or

Tributes and sympathy messages can be shared at the funeral home website.