Jo Nita Cogburn was born in Mena, Arkansas, at the Polk County Memorial Hospital, May 25, 1955, to Bobby Ray Cogburn and Betty Sue Powell-Cogburn. Jo Nita came to this world premature at 4 lb and 12 oz, the second daughter for her parents.
Jo Nita attended public schools in Arkansas and Warrensburg, Missouri. She achieved many academic awards and accomplishments, such as becoming a member of the National Junior Honor Society of Warrensburg Junior High, the school’s highest honor. She participated on the track team and as art editor of the “Tiger Paw Prints”. She also managed to rank a 99.8% grade point average. Jo Nita graduated from Warrensburg High School in May 1973. She married one of her classmates that ended in divorce.
Jo Nita received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa, May 15, 1976, attended graduate school at Brandeis University, School of Arts and Sciences, Waltham, Massachusetts with a emphasis in Biology and Botany, and completed her PhD, with a Doctor of Philosophy, compiling her thesis in the “Characterization of cell surface glycoproteins in cellular surface mucus coating of the plant” in 1983.
Jo Nita also graduated from the Institution for Integrative Nutrition in 2016, while performing the rite of medical writer at Teva Pharmaceutical, in 2020, she remotely at 13 Stat Probe, she continued to write and battle brain cancer.
Jo Nita was a former research scientist at Air Pharma, LLC, former research scientist at CyDex Pharmaceuticals. Her post graduate Doctorate degree was at Harvard Medical School, as well as Pacific Grove, a coastal city in Monterey County of California, and at Stanford University.
Jo Nita adopted Marina Bella Cogburn from the Ukraine, in 1998, at 11 months of age.
She worked until she was not able to continue due to her disease progression. She leaves her daughter, Marina Bella Cogburn, Betty Clardy, her mother, Kathy Prenger and her family, and a host of other family members and friends.