JOST, Lillian Mohr
Lillian died quietly on April 30, a week before her 103rd birthday. She had a full and glorious life, and was engaging and lucid until the end. She was born May 8, 1911, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, the only child of schoolteachers Walter Martin Mohr and Lillian Douglas Skinner. Her father was a member of the New York State Bar and engaged in his family's pipe organ business. Upon her mother's death, her blind aunt Emma Mohr became her devoted 'Mumsy.' A 1932 graduate of Vassar College and later Columbia University School of Library Science, Lillian was Librarian in Great Neck, Long Island, and in Florida at Howey Academy and Stetson University.
As a child and young woman, Lillian traveled extensively in Europe and the United States. She spent winters in West Palm Beach, Florida. Travel was her passion. She flew small planes during World War II, in hopes of becoming a WAF, and was inducted into the organization of women pilots founded by Amelia Earhart, the Ninety-Nines. In the Civil Air Patrol she drove military brass returning from the front to be debriefed by their commanders.
Her life was transformed in an instant when, in 1945, at a military ball, she met Elmer Christian Jost, a stockbroker and widower with three daughters. They married in July, and the greatest adventure of her life began! Leaving behind a sophisticated urban life, they moved to rural Groveland, Florida, and began raising Brahma cattle on Nirvana Ranch. The New Yorker became farmer's wife, milking cows, churning butter and sometimes driving a tractor.
Life changed again when Elmer became a university student in 1964 and the couple moved to DeLand, her home until 2005. Since, she has divided her time between Melbourne, Florida, and Fair Oaks, California, the homes of two daughters.
Lillian is remembered by many friends and loved ones for her gloriously positive nature and indomitable spirit. She was awed by the beauty in all things, the value of each person, and the joy of every moment. On her 100th birthday she reflected, 'I've had a wonderful life! It's been Heaven on Earth.'
She is survived by daughters Patricia Jost Watson of Fleming Island, Florida; Ellen Jost Albritton (husband M. Wayne) of Melbourne; and Margaret Jost Khan (husband Lynard) of Fair Oaks; 16 grandchildren and their children. She was preceded in death by her beloved Elmer, daughter Barbara Jost Shannon of Rockville Centre, Long Island, and son-in-law John A. Watson.
Memorial services will be in Florida in June and at St. Francis Episcopal Church, Fair Oaks, in July. In lieu of flowers, please remember Lillian with a good deed or a contribution to Berry College, Rome, Georgia, or a
Published in The Sacramento Bee on May 11, 2014