The one, the only Jo Shane (66) has been killed doing what she loved the best, riding her Harley down the road.

Her vibrant, colorful life was cut short on September 3, 2019 in Boone, North Carolina at about 2:49 pm, when she was cut off by a careless driver who did not make an effort to watch out for motorcycles. Jo was a biker of 50 years, and had just returned from her 3600-mile trip to the Sturgis South Dakota Motorcycle Rally, a trip she had made many times.

Jo worked at living life to the fullest—she was full of life and fearless, an amazingly healthy and strong woman who was always helping others and was loved by many. She truly lived by the Golden Rule of karma—do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Beneath Jo's tough exterior was a sweet, loving soul who had so much to live for.

For the last 15 years Jo spent most of the year in Todd with her life partner Eva Hyatt, Marketing Professor at Appalachian State University, and their rescue dog Story, along with many other rescue dogs through the years, including their beloved Sassafras who passed in March of this year. The rest of Jo's time was spent at their second home in Wa'a Wa'a in the Puna district on the Big Island of Hawaii. Before moving up the mountain, she lived in the Raleigh area where she worked at AVX.

Jo's grieving family members are her mother, Asako Shane of Wilmington, NC, her sister Cid Shane of Wa'a Wa'a, Puna on Hawaii Island, her brother Bud Shane, his wife Karyn Shane, and their son Austin Shane (Jo's nephew) of Wilmington, NC. Jo's big smile and zest for life will be deeply missed by Eva, Story, the Hawaii dogs Frankie, Mana, Hina, and Lulu, Jo's family, and many, many friends near and far, old and new.

Jo requests that in lieu of flowers, donations can be made either to Partners! Canines at or mailed to P.O. Box 33, Todd, NC 28684, or to Aloha 'Ilio Rescue at or mailed to P.O. Box 492364, Keaau, HI 96749.

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