Josephine Joseph John, 91, a native of Lockport and a resident of Lafayette, passed away at 10:13 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at her residence.
Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 4 at Delhomme Funeral Home in Lafayette. Visitation will also be from 9 a.m. until funeral time Saturday, Jan. 5 at the funeral home. A Mass of Christian burial will be at noon Saturday at St. Mary Church in Lafayette, with burial in St. John Cemetery. The rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
She is survived by two daughters, Kathleen J. Jackson and husband, Gerald of Ocean Springs, Miss., and Marlene J. Barry and husband, Arthur of Lafayette; one son, Gregory T. John of Lafayette; four grandchildren, Tracy L. Jackson, Trey Barry, Brett Jackson and Angela B. Hutchison; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Habib and Elizabeth Nicola Joseph; two sisters, Isabel J. Adams and Celima J. Ferniany; and four brothers, Isaac Joseph, Frederick Joseph, Joseph Joseph and Emile Joseph.
She was born in Lockport on October 19, 1921. She graduated from Southwestern Louisiana Institute in Lafayette. During her school years she loved playing tennis and basketball. She was a very dedicated elementary school teacher
and taught in numerous schools. She taught in Crowley, Lockport and Lafayette at S.J. Montgomery for 18 years. She was well loved by the children, faculty and parents.
After teaching for 30 years, she then joined bridge groups and pokeno groups. She also loved her bingo games. She enjoyed her many trips with family and friends. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her family was so blessed to have had her for all the years that they did. There are so many wonderful memories, her beautiful smile, her dedication to her family, her strong undying faith, and her selfless love always. There also needs to be mention of her Lebanese food, kibbie, grape leaves, tabouleh and hummus, just to name a few. Her family and friends will miss watching LSU and Saints football with her as she was a very serious fan.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Heart of Hospice and her loving caregivers,, Pam George and Eunice Lewis.
Memorial contributions may be made in her name to: Heart of Hospice, 201 West Vermillion Street, Lafayette, LA 70501.
Delhomme Funeral Home in Lafayette is in charge of arrangements.