Jo Ellen G. Hardesty, a musician and community theater director, died May 30 in an automobile accident near her Lutherville home. She was 55.
Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Arbutus, the former Jo Ellen Guess was a 1970 graduate of Lansdowne High School and earned a degree in special education at Coppin State University.
She taught at Bodkin Elementary School for several years and was a founder of a community theater, the Pasadena Players, where she directed musicals. She was also director of the Canterbury Ringers hand bells choir and a member of the Baltimore Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and she was a piano and organ instructor.
She had been organist and choir director at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Glen Burnie. She also served for three years as music teacher and director of bell and vocal choirs at St. Timothy's School in Stevenson.
She was also a musical accompanist for students at the St. Paul's Schools in Brooklandville.
Survivors include her husband of 20 years, Michael F. Pierpont; a daughter, Laura E. Pierpont of the family home; and her mother, Jessie Guess, and a sister, Joyce Fowler, both of Brooksville, Fla. A previous marriage ended in divorce.
Services were held yesterday.