Former 6 News anchor passes away

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Our 6 News family is saddened by the loss of one of our own.

Early Thursday, Jo Anne Paul Stanton passed away after a brief, but valiant battle with cancer.

Jo Anne worked at 6 News on two different occasions. The first time, beginning in 1986, as our morning and noon anchor. She later returned to the anchor desk in the morning, while her husband, Terry Stanton anchored the evening news with Jane Aldrich and Sheri Jones for several years.

“Thank you to those family and friends who have said such beautiful things about the most beautiful woman…yes this morning, my best friend, wife, loving mother of our three sons…and the best thing that ever happened to me, went to be with the Lord,” said Terry Stanton, Jo Anne’s husband.

“Jo Anne was a beautiful, wonderful, thoughtful, caring, loving, wife, mother and friend…and an outstanding journalist, I might add…who always tried to make other’s lives better. We will miss her dearly…but she has a special place in our hearts forever.”

Jane Aldrich: “I am shocked and saddened by the news of Jo Anne’s passing. I adored her. She was a consummate news professional, a joy to work with, and a devoted wife and mother. Jo Anne was also one of the funniest people I’ve ever known. Her sense of humor and sparkling personality always filled any room she was in. The world will not be the same without her in it.”

Sheri Jones: “Jo Anne – What a special woman! A loving wife and mother, a loyal friend, a dedicated journalist with a quick wit and personality that would light up any room. A beautiful spirit! I will miss sharing stories about the TV business with her and hearing the latest about her boys. My heart is broken for her family. The world is now without one bright light….“

Jo Anne’s talents were also showcased on local radio stations, HOMTV, The Lansing State Journal and the Greater Lansing Business Monthly.

“I was really looking forward to working elections with her in 2016. She and I worked closely together on election programming. I’m just devastated. With Jo Anne, I knew everything would be taken care of on air. I knew she would bring out the issues and call the candidates to question. She was a great friend and inspiration,” said Deborah Guthrie, communications director, HOMTV.

Jo Anne is survived by her husband Terry, and three sons, Brent, Ryan and Christopher.

Arrangements are still pending.

We send our prayers and condolences to her family. Her presence and enormous personality will be greatly missed.

6 News has received an outpouring of love on our Facebook page. To add your own memory of Jo Ann or some encouraging words for Terry and the boys, visit our Facebook page: www.Facebook.com/WLNS-TV.

We welcome thoughts and comments from our viewers. We ask that everyone keep their remarks civil and respectful. Postings that contain profanity, racist, or potentially libelous remarks will be deleted. We will delete any commercial postings, as well.

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