Jo Lee Nicholson
  • 66 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 28, 1949
  • Place of birth:
    San Antonio, Texas, United States
  • Date of passing: Aug 24, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Houston, Texas, United States
" I am opening the first Starbucks in HEAVEN"

Please join in Celebrating the Life of Jo Lee Nicholson my beloved Mother and Your Friend:

Date:   September 3, 2015
Time:   4:00pm to 7:00pm (open house)
Place:  La Quinta Inn @ Pearland            
9002 W. Broadway St            
Pearland, Texas 77584

Everyone knew Jo Lee’s love for the color purple, please share her joy and incorporate the color into your attire.  

Flowers can be delivered to: Randall’s Grocery 10228 W. Broadway Pearland, Texas 77584

In lieu of flowers; please consider a donation to the Humane Society or to any Cancer Foundation in her honor.

For additional information please write dbinlvnv@gmail.com.


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Michelle Morgan on 24th August 2016

"Those special memories of you
will always bring a smile
if only we could have you back
for just a little while
Then we could sit and talk again
just like we used to do
you always meant so very much
and always will do too
The fact that you're no longer here
Will always cause such pain
but you're forever in our hearts
until we meet again.

Your friends, Michelle and Courtenay xxxxxx"

This tribute was added by Michelle Morgan on 28th July 2016

"Happy birthday Jo Lee!
I wish you were here so I could say it in person.
We still miss you enormously, we talk about you often and think of you all the time.
We had a Starbucks in your honor today ☕️
Sweet dreams beautiful lady xxxx"

This tribute was added by Dorothy Blevins on 28th July 2016

"Happy Birthday Mom!

I can't believe you are no longer with us to celebrate this special day that you loved.  You looked forward to your birthday every year because you loved life... I miss you more than words can express.."

This tribute was added by Dorothy Blevins on 29th March 2016

"It has been a while since I have visited, but I am overwhelmed of all the  wonderful tributes that have been written here for my Mother and your friend.  I cannot believe that she is no longer here on earth with us all.  But I assure you she is in awe of the love we all had for her.  I just wish I could put my arms around her and hold her so tight and tell her over and over how much I love her and miss her so.  I can feel her strength and her spirit of love and I know she is with me in my soul, I just can't see her any more but I know she walks by my side each and every day.  I love MOM!"

This tribute was added by carol king on 16th January 2016

"what a vacancy left in my heart and deeply felt loss to all friends that knew her..............I truly respected and loved her. I am so happy that she is happy and free in the loving arms of god and her angels."

This tribute was added by Courtenay Morgan on 26th November 2015

"Happy Thanksgiving, Ms Jolee.  I was just thinking that you would be working, even on the holiday.  I am thankful for knowing you, and I miss you. xxx"

This tribute was added by Michelle Morgan on 23rd October 2015

"We miss you, miss seeing you every day, especially miss your funny stories and sharp wit, and we miss laughing with you. I don't get text messages from my husband anymore, asking if I'm lost because I've been at the store so long and all because you were working and would rather talk for a while! But it was great and we miss you dearly xxxx"

This tribute was added by S Ferguson on 6th September 2015

"I went to Starbucks last week and found out that Ms Jo had passed away. What a shock!  We had a "Starbucks" relationship just like she had with many of her customers. I was a regular for some time so she always recognized me. We shared a little of ourselves with each other and she was especially gracious when my own mother passed away just last year.

I am sorry for your loss. I understand only too well your pain. May God give you strength in your time of sorrow."

This tribute was added by Debee Wallace on 2nd September 2015

"I just found out about this memorial page this morning, I was glad to learn it is here.  

I am missing you greatly, Jo Lee. Your quick,  ready smile, witty and wry sense of humor, your stories, and your warm heart always lightened and brightened the day.  

Of all the stories you ever shared with me, it is the couple brief ones you shared in recent weeks of blessings received that I hold the dearest.  Thank you for sharing that part of your life experience with me, Jolee.  It meant more to me than you may have known.

Dorothy, please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss…my thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.  Your mom was one of a kind and touched so many of us in so many ways, but you were her baby and it was easy to see how much love she felt for you when she would speak of you.  She was proud of you!  Peace and comfort be with you...."

This tribute was added by Jeanette Hodon on 1st September 2015

"We little knew that day, God was going to call your name.
In life we loved you dearly In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you. You did not go alone for a part of us went with you the day God called you home.
You left us beautiful memories. Your love is still our guide and though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken and nothing  seems the same, but as God calls us one by one the chain will link again.

Uncle Sonny & Kathy
"You will always be my baby sister"

This is from Jo Lee brother Jimmy Nicholson & my mom Kathy  - our love and prayers are with you Dorothy."

This tribute was added by Brad R on 29th August 2015

"Jo Lee -

I hardly know where to start?  

As irony would have it, my family started last Thursday night off celebrating my wife's "all clear" from cancer.  We went out and ate and then decided to stop by Randall's to pick up a few things.  My wife noticed the memorial wreath at the entrance first, then my son and then myself.   We were all shaken pretty badly and the ride home was somber and quiet.  It was a profound juxtaposition of emotion.  

It affected each of us, because you had touched each one of us.

That's rare to say about anyone, let alone someone you encounter at a store three or four times a week.   But, that's the kind of person you are.  I've been coming to your Starbucks longer than I can remember and you treated everyone like a long lost friend or family member.  You remembered their name, their story and their order.  I always loved that.  I was there so much, I'd just walk in and hold my fingers up to show you how many drinks I needed.  And that left us more time to catch up on each others life.

When my wife got sick, you always had words of encouragement.  You told me your story and asked how she was every single time I came in.  When my son was afraid for his mom, you were proof that Cancer could be beat and helped ease his anxiety in ways I couldn't.  And when my wife would come in, you always had a kind word to say and were a kindred spirit. You helped her through her recovery.

You adored your daughter and would always tell me stories about her.  You'd show me pictures and I felt like I knew Dorothy when I'd never even met her.  I always thought what a lucky woman she was to have a great mom like you.  You were so proud of her and must have told me so a million times.  And I never got tired of hearing it, because it was genuine.

And no matter what obstacles life threw at you you just kept moving forward.  I wish I could bottle your positive spirit.  You always used to say "the good Lord wasn't ready for you" after everything you went through.  You lived life on your terms and you did it with a smile, a laugh, a kind word and a tender soul.  

I've never been a religious guy, but I know how much you are.  And if there is a heaven, I unequivocally believe that you are there.  And the Lord must have needed you something awful to have you come home.  

I'm most sad for everyone you left behind,  because we lose out on not having you here with us.  We could all learn a thing or two from you on the positive outlook you had. I know I have.  

I'm going to miss you Jo Lee.  Thanks for being a part of my life and thanks for being a friend.


This tribute was added by lesley mojaddedi on 28th August 2015

"I knew Jo Lee for a long time. She was a member of my Randalls family. No matter where I ran into her, I could always count on a genuine smile, a joke or a word of good cheer. She was a dear heart, and will be missed by all of us that she left behind."

This tribute was added by Kay Gilmore on 27th August 2015

"To me you are not gone. I'm still waiting on you to come back and fuss at me, then we go back and forth. I miss you a lot, and I cared about you a lot. You took up for me on any occasion & there was never anything "off limits" for you to say. Work is different without you. It's  quiet and it's hard not to think about you. It won't be the same, I have worked under you for the past 3 years and we both worked each other's nerve every day. I wouldn't trade any memory I have of you especially the ones with the baby. You will never be replaced and you'll always remain in my heart. Rest easy JoJo and smile down on us (even give that fake laugh we use to laugh over) I wish I could hug you one last time, We miss you❤️"

This tribute was added by carlos sanchez on 27th August 2015

"Heres a toast to one of the nicest, funniest, sassiest people I have ever known. I haven't met many people with such a caring and amazing heart. I remember doing Christmas setup at the store and getting sent out to pick up a couple of patty melts from whataburger to get us through the night (extra pickles and grilled onions, I haven't forgotten!!!!). We had many great times, and we helped each other through the toughest of times. I'm glad me and Sabrina got to see you one last time in this life, but we will definitely see you again later on :)

With all the love a person can give,

Carlos Montano-Sanchez"

This tribute was added by Hershel Hughes on 27th August 2015

"I met Jolee many years ago thru my wife who passed in 2008 from cancer. Jolee was more than a associate that worked for me she was a beautiful person inside and out. It is a honor to be able to say she was more than a friend but family to me. She was out spoken and would say what ever popped in her head"something I think we all wish we had the courage to do". I would laugh so hard when she would tell me life stories and experiences ages had and her view on the world. Sometimes she would come to me with a real serious look on her face and say can I talk to you in your office"like she was very upset about something" and when we got in my office she just wanted to check on me and ask how I was doing and tell me a joke. Jolee and I had a very special relationship that not everyone in life gets to have I'm proud I was able to be in her life. She would text me sometimes and I would laugh so hard because she hadn't quite mastered the texting on her phone and would would try and figure out what she was trying to say before I answered her back. She was a great mother, friend, person. God has her with him now but she will remain in all of our hearts and looking over us. She's gone but never forgotten I will remember and miss her always.
Love you my friend"mom"

This tribute was added by Dorothy Blevins on 27th August 2015

"Hi Mom,

I can't believe you are gone; I want to talk with you so much.  You always knew what to say to lift my spirits.


This tribute was added by Ginny Rowton on 27th August 2015

"My JoJo had the heart and courage of a Lion.  She was and will always be my one and only, I Ioved her very very much.
She loved to cook, clip coupons and shop at thift stores.
One of my favorite memories is we would buy a ten pack of Weinersnithel chili dogs and park at the Gold Coast and laugh at the tourist.  I will miss my baby girl."

This tribute was added by Dorothy Blevins on 27th August 2015

"Please join in Celebrating the Life of Jo Lee Nicholson my beloved Mother and Your Friend:

Date:   September 3, 2015
Time:   4:00pm to 7:00pm (open house)
Place:  La Quinta Inn @ Pearland
            9002 W. Broadway St
            Pearland, Texas 77584

Everyone knew Jo Lee’s love for the color purple, please share her joy and incorporate the color into your attire.  

Flowers can be delivered to:
Randall’s Grocery
10228 W. Broadway
Pearland, Texas 77584

In lieu of flowers; please consider a donation to the Humane Society or to any Cancer Foundation in her honor.

For additional information please write dbinlvnv@gmail.com.


This tribute was added by Mashell Hughes on 26th August 2015

"Ms Jolee was a blessing to me. She was a phenomenal women. She kept us laughing....... She was very supportive of a lot of things I did. She would say if you need me Mashell, I'll be there... Whatever you need! She could find the humor in anything . She was real and true to who she was no matter what anyone else thought. I loved that about her and I will miss her. I will miss listening to her and laughing until I cried!
Love you Ms. Jolee"

This tribute was added by Dorothy Blevins on 26th August 2015

"I am reading all of your posts and my heart is filled with joy because of all the LOVE that each and everyone one of you had for my Mother.  It gives me strength to go through these trying moments as I prepare to say goodbye to my Mother who was so so so special to me. She was not only a parent to me but my best friend. We grew up together and I don’t how I will get through each day not able to hear her voice and laugh about anything. She loved her job but LOVED friends so much more, you all were here extended family and meant everything to her.

I know she is watching over all of us and is sad for our pain of missing her.  I feel her spirit and her love keeping me together just when I think I can’t deal with things, I know she will always be by my side as she was when she was on this earth.

I am planning a Celebration of her Life there in Houston; I will post the information as soon as arrangements have been confirmed. I will be arriving in Houston from Las Vegas late Sunday; I can’t wait to meet each of you and to personally thank you for loving my Mother.  


This tribute was added by Tracy Jackson on 26th August 2015

"It was a sad day for me on yesterday. I went to work (Randall's ) and it just wasnt the same. I walked  around Starbucks a many of time waiting for you to appear.  I know we have our life struggles but as the song say "Gone too Soon". You have always told me to stay strong hang in there and this day Jolee I cant seem to do that.. I beleive in God and I know he has it's  purpose for everything but I guess I wasnt ready.To your  daughter I've never met but heard a lot about . She was our mother and thank you for sharing her with us she was loved. Miss you Jolee

This tribute was added by Shania Lynn on 26th August 2015

"Miss Jolie you were like family to me you touched my heart from day one of my working at Starbucks and you have opened my eyes to new thing I really miss you and wish you were still here working your shift today was one of the hardest things but I will always remember this beautiful angel god has sent to do so many amazing thing have fun in Heaven with the good lord"

This tribute was added by Rachel Stephens on 25th August 2015

"Jo Lee this is still unreal Laila just ran up to you Friday and gave Ms.Jo Lee the biggest hug ever. I have known you for ten years and you have always had a bubbling personality that made people laugh and smile. You will truly be missed....

Love Your Plus Size Barbie❤️"

This tribute was added by vicki wheeler on 25th August 2015

"I already miss you dearly.  We had some great laughs that will remain in my memories forever.  No more pain, no more sorrow, in God's care you rest. Your friend always,  Vicki & Todd"

This tribute was added by vicki wheeler on 25th August 2015

"Heaven has gained an angel. I will miss seeing your smiling face everyday,  but you will always remain in my heart.  No more sorrow, no more pain, in God's care you rest above. Your friend always,  Vicki"

This tribute was added by Chantell Mason on 25th August 2015

"God has taken one of his angels home to be in a better place. You will be forever missed! That sweet smile and crazy sense of humor!
Love always,
  Your crazy booth crew!:)"

This tribute was added by Tom Wilson on 25th August 2015

"Dear Jo Lee      

   Friends come into our lives and friends leave our lives. But good ones never leave our thoughts.
  And best friends always get to stay in the best places in our hearts.
  We'll miss you Ms. J.  You were real, you were special, and you were what my mom called, " A Good Egg."
    Go rest on the wind  and sing in the sunshine and bring a gentle breeze and a smile someone else.
    For Lord knows you surely did that for me each and every day we met.
     Take care Baby,   T."

This tribute was added by Tracy Jackson on 25th August 2015

"I'm going to miss those rides on the weekend . Your friendly smile and that great sense of humor. You will be missed ..... Your Randalls Crew..Love you Jo Lee."

This tribute was added by Jacque Gaston on 25th August 2015

"What great memories I have of you. The wonderful stories of all your adventures. We had some great laughs and I am a better person for knowing you. Rest In Peace knowing we will love and cherish your other daughter Bitsy for the rest of her life until it's her time to join her Mother again. Love And Miss You, Crockett and Jacque"

This tribute was added by Joanne LeClair on 25th August 2015

"Your friendly face and great sense of humor will  be  missed by all who knew you. God speed on that new kiosk in heaven <3"

This tribute was added by Joanne LeClair on 25th August 2015

"I miss you."

This tribute was added by Dorothy Blevins on 25th August 2015

"My heart is breaking, I miss you so much already my beloved Mother and Friend.

I will forever be grateful for your love, strength, encouragement, guidance and friendship.  Your humor and kind heart has touched so many people who have an empty space in their heart as I do.

I love you Mom,

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