Josephine Elna (Westbrook) Ewell
1927 - 2021
{ "" }
Share Josephine's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share

Josephine Elna Westbrook Ewell passed away peacefully on January 12, 2021 at Hidden Springs Senior Living near Front Royal, Virginia.

Mrs. Ewell was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1927, the daughter of the late Lt. Col. Joseph Albert Westbrook and Hazel Mason Westbrook. She was graduated from the Chicago Public School System, and attended Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, graduating in 1949. With her father in the military, she moved with the family to Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. While there she worked for the International Monetary Fund, and later the National Security Agency. During this period she met her future husband, John F. Ewell, who she married on November 22, 1952. John and Jo moved to Front Royal in 1955, where they spent the remainder of their lives.

She is survived by her children; John F. Ewell, Jr. (Sharon); Ellen Ewell Innes (Jeff); and her daughter in law Terry Ewell. She is also survived by grandchildren, Lauren Ewell Nelson (Matt), Thomas Ewell; and Ashley Haines (Steve); great grandchildren Ben Nelson; Landon Haines; and Dawson Haines; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, John F. Ewell; her son Douglas W. Ewell; her sister, Betty Lou Westbrook Monroe; and her brother-in-law, David L. Monroe.

A private funeral service will be held on at Calvary Episcopal Church in Front Royal. After cremation, inurnment will be at the Memorial Garden at the Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Warren County, Calvary Episcopal Church, or a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are being handled by Maddox Funeral Home, Front Royal, Virginia.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Jan. 14, 2021.
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Please consider a donation, as requested by the family.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
2 entries
January 15, 2021
John and family,
I am so sorry to hear of the death of your Mom. The past year has been hard on you all with losing your parents and brother. You are in our prayers and thoughts and may God wrap His comforting arms around you all.
Carolyn Marlow Wilkins
January 15, 2021
My heartfelt sympathies to John, Ellen, Terry and families in your bitter-sweet loss of Jo. A dear friend of my family, I’m sure there’ll be a great bridge game going on in the heavens. May cherished memories and love bring comfort.
“Boo” Campbell
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences