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M. Josephine (Miller) Roberts, 89, of Kent, Washington, died December 23, 2013, of age-related causes. Jo also lived in Federal Way, Normandy Park, and Burien for many years and spent winters in Yuma, Arizona.

Children include Michael Roberts (Patrice Roberts) of Bellingham, WA; Steve Roberts (Judy Roberts) of Randle, WA; Bruce Roberts (Marian Kratzer) of Randle, WA; Marylea Coday (Michael Coday) of Chehalis, WA; and Cheryl Caplan (Jim Caplan) of Roseburg, OR.

Jo is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond F. Roberts. They had nine grandchildren: Ryan Smith-Roberts, Kyle Roberts, Amanda Coday, Adam Roberts, Kimberly Coday (deceased), Zoe (Coday) French, Ariel Roberts, Kendra Walters, and Corinne Walters. The couple also had five great-grandchildren.

Jo was born to the late Leonard and Viola Miller, on January 1, 1924, at home in Eugene, Oregon, as the first baby of the year. Jo's mother once said that some of her Irish ancestors had helped settle Jamestown, VA, as indentured servants.

Jo attended St. Mary's Catholic School in Eugene where she first learned to play the piano and then the violin, which began her love affair with music. After graduating from St. Mary's in 1941, she attended the Eugene Vocational School where she met her future husband, Raymond, who was learning carpentry at the same school.

Jo's family moved to Seattle where she hired on with Sears Roebuck and began attending Seattle College on a music scholarship, later switching to the University of Washington until dropping out after her third year.

After Raymond returned from serving in World War II, they married on November 9, 1946. Jo continued working at Sears and playing the violin until pregnant with her first son, Michael, when she switched to raising children and playing the violin. Music occupied much of her free time, including a women's singing group called "Mothersingers", which later became the "Choralettes". She directed the choir at St. Francis Catholic Church in Burien, WA. She later directed music at St. Philomena Church, participated in the Archdiocese Music Commission, and helped to install a pipe organ at St. Philomena Church from an old theater organ.

Even with her love of music and reading, Jo often claimed that her children were her dearest treasures. In her retirement, Jo loved to travel and took many trips to Mexico, Hawaii, and other places.

Funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 3rd, at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church, 30525 8th Ave. S, Federal Way, WA. Remembrances to the local chapter of the at www.alzwa.org.
Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 31, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014
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