JOSEPHINE ELAINE MALONE Josephine was born in Denver in 1928 but was brought to Los Angeles before her first birthday and always considered herself a California Kid. She graduated from Downey High School in 1946 and married the handsome mailman, Francis Malcolm Juelke, in 1949. Their only child, Paula, was born the following year, and Jo settled into homemaking and motherhood first in Downey and later in La Mirada. She completed an Associate of Arts Degree at Cerritos Community College in 1960 - the first in her family to attend college. Jo went on to receive a certificate in Early Childhood Education from UCLA and subsequently worked with the Head Start program and later directed her own preschool co-op. Jo responded to the women's movement in the 1970s and made the momentous decision to strike out on her own. Her decision eventually took her to Santa Barbara, where in 1990 she achieved a lifelong dream, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCSB. She subsequently moved to the Bay Area to be near her family, following them to San Luis Obispo in 1995; she later lived in Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach. Her last months were spent at her daughter's home in San Luis, where she died at age 85 on Thursday, July 17, 2014. Small but feisty, Josephine was an ardent advocate for causes she cared about: especially the fight to end the exploitation of children and women for the sake of commerce. She loved reading and going to the theater; was a lithe and graceful dancer; freely invented words to meet her needs; regretted deeply that she couldn't carry a tune; enjoyed drives through the countryside; and was in every way a lifelong learner. Her last years were sadly affected by protracted illness, but she had a tenacious will to live and took great comfort in her home and family. She is survived by her daughter Paula (Stephen) Carr, granddaughter Laura, a sister-in-law, and nieces and nephews. Josephine was preceded in death by her sister and by her former husband, who remained a close friend and whose death she deeply mourned. The family wishes to give heartfelt thanks to Dr. James Malone and his staff; to Paula, Margaret and Linda of Comfort Keepers; and to the Wilshire Hospice team of nurses, counselors and other caregivers who treated Josephine with such patient tenderness. Sign her guestbook at sanluisobispo.com/obituaries
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Published in San Luis Obispo Tribune on July 26, 2014