Jane Eileen Josiah

Jane Eileen Josiah
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Have Friends, Will Travel

Last year, Jane Josiah began a series of visits to far-flung family and friends that did not end for nearly a year. She did not begin looking for work after being laid off last winter. Instead she flew from Texas, where she had moved seven years earlier, to Seattle to see her brother and sister-in-law.

Soon after, she went to Washington for a few weeks with Jennifer and Kelly, her daughters. Then she stayed with friends in Philadelphia and Long Island.

Ms. Josiah, 47, had a gift for making friends, loving them and kicking up her heels with them, said Debra Potash, who knew her 20 years.

The visiting culminated with Ms. Josiah's 30th high school reunion in Levittown, on Long Island, where old friends persuaded her to come home. After one found her a job at Fiduciary Trust, she drove north to Mrs. Potash's home on Long Island. Her first day was Aug. 27.

All the traveling had made Ms. Josiah's daughters a bit impatient. "It was supposed to be a month," Jennifer said. "Then two months. Then four."

Now, she said, the months her mother spent with the people she loved seem like an unmatchable gift.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 23, 2001.

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