JoAnn Bettinger Best, 84, of Kailua died December 14, 2013 in Honolulu after returning from a visit to see family on the East Coast. Born in New Albany, Indiana, Jo retired from the Central Intelligence Agency before teaching at St. Anthony’s School in Kailua and committing 20 years of her life to The Outdoor Circle. She served as President of the Lani-Kailua Outdoor Circle (1997-1998) and The Outdoor Circle (2000-2002). Always quick to smile, Jo will be remember for her sharp wit, generous heart, and strong commitment to her community.
Jo is survived by her daughters Amy B. Crews and Elisa Vollert and son Christopher W. Best, sister Craig Boultinghouse, 5 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A private celebration of her life and scattering of ashes will be held in February. The family asks that any contributions made in memory of Jo be given to The Outdoor Circle in support of tree planting and preservation efforts throughout the islands.
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