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April 8, 1934 – October 17, 2013
Joanne (Jodi) Hoss Merchant was born in El Cajon, CA on April 8th, 1934. She graduated from UCLA in 1955. Upon winning a Mademoiselle Guest Editorship she moved to New York City, a city in which she was always infatuated.
On a summer evening in 1958 she met and fell in love with Bruce Merchant, a young banker living in NYC. They danced the night away, married the summer of 1960 and their dance continued for 53 blissful years. They had four children; Michael, Kim, John and Bob.
In 1962 Jodi competed on the Jan Murray game show "Charge Account". Jodi became the all-time daytime game show winner. She proved to be unbeatable and was eventually paid to leave the show.
Jodi and Bruce raised their young family in the New York City and in 1963 began spending summers in Saltaire, Fire Island. They loved it so much that they built their own summer home there in 1969. Every June when the city got too hot, Jodi would pack up the kids and head for the beach where they stayed all summer.
The family sailed to Europe on the QE2 in 1977 when Bruce was transferred to London. They made their home there for 5 years, living on Chelsea Square. Jodi loved living in London and spent time traveling Europe and hosting numerous visitors from the states. Jodi had a passion for art and established a decorating business called "English Accents" in which she framed and sold original restrike engravings of quintessential English scenes and hunting prints, hosting a myriad of "Pimms and Prints" parties.
In 1982 the family made Palos Verdes Estates their permanent residence. Jodi was active in both charitable and social activities throughout the peninsula. Jodi added ambience, charm and leadership to Las Candalistas, an active group of creative women which she belonged to from her first days in Palos Verdes. Her literary knowledge and wisdom added great value to the book club and she was always happy to lend her skill and share her wisdom within her bridge group. Her hobbies included crossword puzzles, scrabble, reading, cooking, gardening, playing bridge & tennis, hosting dinner parties and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband Bruce and four children; Michael Merchant (Kim) of Chappaqua, NY; Kim Lincoln (Dan) of Pittsburg, PA; John Merchant of Long Island, NY; Bob Merchant (Lori) of San Pedro, CA; grandchildren Jenna, Jeffrey, Jodi, Sage, Bobby, Maggie, Abigail, Brooklyn and Carter. Jodi is also survived by her brothers John and Bob Hoss of San Diego. Jodi was a remarkable woman who was dearly beloved by her husband, children, grandchildren and countless friends.
After a beautiful life, Jodi passed peacefully at home on October 17th in the company of her family and close friends. A celebration of her life will be planned at a later date.
Donations may be made in her name to Las Candalistas: P.O. Box 3655, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
Whenever you entered Jodi's home you were always greeted with a handwritten welcoming note. Her final note still stands in her kitchen: "We give thanks today and every day for our wonderful family and friends."
Published in Daily Breeze from Oct. 24 to Oct. 31, 2013