May 1, 1935 - November 27, 2012
Josephine Booker passed away peacefully on Tuesday, 27th of November at Burnaby Hospital, sadly losing her valiant battle of the past few years with Parkinson's Disease.
Jo is survived by her loving husband Tony, their three sons Timothy, Patrick and Nicholas, and five granddaughters.
After meeting Tony in their native country of England, they emigrated to Canada in 1958, were married and began married life in tiny Markinch, Saskatchewan. They soon moved west: first to Kamloops where they started their family and later to Vancouver and Ladner to raise their three boys. A long love affair with the Gulf Islands led them to retire to Salt Spring Island where they settled into the relaxed but vibrant island life.
Jo was an advocate, a volunteer and an industrious worker for numerous organizations and causes. Her keen interest in both education and the arts led to a career on the Delta School Board, where she served as both Chairperson and Trustee for several terms, and on the Boards for Kwantlen and Douglas College, as well as the Delta Arts Council. Jo worked tirelessly with the Delta Naturalists as they strove to protect delicate natural habitat. In 1992, for her many accomplishments in public service Jo received a Confederation of Canada Medal.
Jo enjoyed her gardening, outdoor pursuits like camping and hiking, photography, beating her family at scrabble; and somehow throughout it all found time to indulge her passion for tennis, which she played expertly in competitive clubs.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Salt Spring from 2 - 4pm on January 8, 2013 at the Hart Bradley Lions Hall. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Parkinson's Society of BC at www.parkinson.bc.ca/