Josephine Maria "Jo" Emond

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July 31, 1931 ~ July 28, 2017

Josephine Maria Emond passed away peacefully on July 28th, 2017, at the age of 85. She was born in Vancouver, WA to Anton and Johanna van Gogh in 1931. Josephine "Jo" was valedictorian of Providence Academy High School in Vancouver, and attended Seattle University Nursing School.
She also worked at St. Joseph Hospital as a switchboard operator and there she met her future husband. In 1952, Josephine married Joseph Octave Emond, Jr. at St. James Church in Vancouver. Together they raised 8 children in homes filled with love, laughter, and fun, with an emphasis on faith and education. The family would gather around the dinner table every evening, with each person encouraged to talk about their day. That tradition carried on throughout Jo's life, and her children, grandchildren, and extended family and friends always looked forward to those special conversations around the dinner table.
She gracefully moved through life's adventures, which included moving the family from Vancouver to Corpus Christi, TX, then St. Charles, MO, then Aberdeen, WA, then Dallas, TX, and finally to West Seattle. She was very involved in the churches, schools, and communities in each city. She worked for CYO in Seattle, and was an active member of Holy Rosary Church in West Seattle.
Jo is survived by her children, Mary, Cathi, Peggy, Patty, Alice, Theresa, and John; brother, Joe van Gogh; 16 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family, including family in Holland.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Joe Emond; son, Joe A. Emond; brothers, Father James van Gogh and John van Gogh; and her sister, Kay Lingo.
Jo lived a beautiful life that was centered around
her faith, family, and love of learning.
She loved to read, and passed that passion on to her children and grandchildren. She always had a welcoming smile, kiss or hug, and a twinkle in her eyes. Although we miss her dearly, we are grateful for the many years we had with her loving, gentle soul.
Funeral Mass will be held Fri., Aug. 11, 2017 at 8:50 a.m. at St. James Church, 218 W 12th St., Vancouver, WA.
Arrangements entrusted to Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home in Vancouver, WA.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Mount St. Vincent's Private Nursing Care, and Providence Hospice for their compassionate, loving care.
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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 9, 2017