Chieftains Museum Executive Director Claudia Oakes said, “She was definitely one of our founding mothers.”
In the fall newsletter of the museum, Heyman told Board president Marsha Welch, “I want the Cherokee to be recognized nationally and I want to protect and cherish this building which holds such historical significance.”
Heyman retired from the board at Chieftains this past July. Last year she was named an honorary member of the Cherokee tribe.
Heyman and her husband Lyons were also the benefactors of the Heyman Hospice Care program at the Floyd Medical Center, where compassion for others is a legacy to Heyman which will never fade. She was active in almost too many charities to name.
Jo Heyman was a travel agent for nearly two decades. Martha Bryant remembers Heyman coming to her and saying “I’m going to travel school and when I’m finished, I’m going to come to work with you!”
Bryant said they worked together in love and harmony for years thereafter.
Private funeral services are tentatively slated for Thursday at the Rodeph Shalom Congregation in Rome with a public memorial at 11 a.m. Friday at the Darlington chapel.