Jodean Kay Elliott-Blakeslee, M.D.
1950 - 2013
Jo was born on April 18, 1950 in Twin Falls, Idaho to Joan and Dean Blakeslee. She graduated from Mountain Home High School, studied at Concordia and received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Idaho State University. She later graduated from the University of Washington Medical School. She and Amy Linkert died in September of this year at Craters of the Moon National Monument.
Jo believed in hard work, academic rigor, science and keeping the faith. She spent time in the desert lands of eastern Idaho studying wild horses, taught science and math in Idaho and ventured to faraway corners of the globe to study and provide medical care. Always, her goal was to improve the health and education of others. More than 30 years ago, Jo and another family member served a medical mission in Cameroon. In preparation for that mission, they studied in France along with another young missionary, Amelia Linkert, who became a dear friend to our family. After returning to the United States from Africa, Jo served in the Naval Reserves as an officer, retiring as a Commander.
Her medical career included private practice in Washington and Idaho and she was an Assistant Clinical Professor in Washington and California. She was Chief of Staff at Group Health and left Seattle to return to Boise where she worked privately before joining the medical facility at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, Oregon.
Jo was a member of the Wright Community Congregational United Church of Christ and previously served as Moderator and in other capacities in that fellowship. She loved Idaho State University and served on the Alumni Board and was the 2006 President's Medallion recipient.
Jo is survived by Robert and Mary Pond and family, Lorraine Blakeslee and family, Bill and Mary Jeanne Elliott and family, John Elliott, the family of Ward Blakeslee and Dr. Virginia Scholl. Jo's parents, grandparents John and Alice Elliott and Lois and Ward Blakeslee, and an uncle, Ward Blakeslee, passed before her.
A Memorial Service for Jo Elliott-Blakeslee and Amelia Linkert will be held on Friday, November 8, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Rockies, 717 North 11th Street in Boise, Idaho.
Our family is grateful to the searchers, volunteers and many friends, known and unknown, who assisted in finding Jo and Amy - thank you. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests donations to the Wright Congregational United Church of Christ, 4821 Franklin Road, Boise, Idaho 83705.
Published in Idaho Statesman on Nov. 6, 2013