Readman, Josephine “Josie” Geneava (nee Perry). Born in Frederic, Wisconsin, June 24,1912. Passed away peacefully May 22,2004 in Duncan B.C. Predeceased by her husband Douglas (1967) and sons; Doug (1999), Les (2001) and Earl (2002). Josephine will be forever loved and deeply missed by her children; Don (Marlene) of Fort Nelson, Wes (Arlene) of Coquitlam and Wilma Hodson (Brooke) of Youbou; daughter in laws Martha of Nanaimo and Bonnie of Dawson Creek. Josie also leaves behind 19 grandchildren, 38 great grandchildren and 4 great-great grandchildren. She will be fondly remembered by her brother Walter Blumst (Dorothy) of Orinda, California and sister-in-laws Gwen McCormick of Calgary, Joyce Spofford of Langley and Grace Scott of Langley, as well as many close friends. Josie married Douglas Readman, November 9,1933. Early times were difficult raising six children while her husband was away working on the Alaska Highway. However, being raised as an only child, she loved being surrounded by her children and was always devoted to her family. Josie llived in a variety of towns throughout BC and Alberta. Those of special significance in her life included Fairview, AB, Dawson Creek, Mission and Langley. Josie then spent her latter years in Lake Cowichan. Josie had a talent for knitting and crocheting and often kept her hands busy making gifts for her grandchildren. She liked her apartment at Evergreen Place, where she enjoyed playing cards with her many friends. From her apartment, one of Josie’s favourite pastimes was watching the children jump off of the bridge into the Cowichan River.
A Celebration of Josie’s life was held at the United Church in Lake Cowichan on Saturday, May 29,2004 and informal reception followed the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon at 1-888-473-4636.
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