Josephine J. "Jo" Magrogan

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Josephine Jeanetta "Jo" Purdy Magrogan, 90, of Catonsville, formerly of Carroll and Howard counties, died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014, after complications following a fall in December.

She was born May 9, 1923. She was the wife of the late William F. "Billy" Magrogan.

She was a 1942 graduate of Mount Saint Mary's High School. She had served as a medical technician for 19 years and was then disabled with arthritis. After open heart bypass surgery, she returned to work as a real estate agent.

A long time resident of Howard County and then Carroll, she most recently lived at Charlestown Retirement Community.

There she was active in the Residents' Council, Computer Club, Pet Club and many other organizations. When glaucoma changed her life, she founded Can't See Can Do. She attributed her good health late in life to hard work; she and her husband built the family home in Howard county by hand, and she helped dig the foundation with a pick ax.

In 1982 she was baptized into Christ. She depended on God daily and said many times this last year, "I keep asking God, Why am I still here?," demonstrating her faith and readiness.

She enjoyed her country life, birds, her Dobermans, bridge, crosswords and books, and watching "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune."

Surviving are a son, Francis Barrett "Barry" Magrogan; daughters Mary C. "Kitty" Frederick Hofmann and Bonny "Jean" Gulden; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Jeddie Marie Torres.

In accordance with her wishes, she will be cremated and her ashes scattered on a family farm.

An informal Remembrance Time will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at Charlestown Retirement Community, City Lights Room, Maiden Choice Lane,  Catonsville

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Charlestown Benevolent Care Fund, 719 Maiden Choice Lane, Baltimore, MD 21228-6138.

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Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 9, 2014
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