Jo (Mills) Bosen (1931 - 2011)

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PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Jo (Mills) Bosen was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on July 22, 1931. Jo was the daughter of Scottish immigrants. The Mills family soon moved to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to lay down their roots. There, Jo attended local schools.
She graduated from St. Pat's and then, Portsmouth High School. She especially enjoyed the friendships and camaraderie of growing up in a close knit seaside community. Jo was always a dynamic and vibrant woman.
On November 10, 1957, Jo married Dr. Peter H. Bosen, and the two complemented each other beautifully. Together they built both a loving family and a thriving practice. In the early years of their marriage, Jo tended more to her family and their home. Yet, in later years, she returned to school and became an accredited physician's assistant. She worked side by side in "doc's" office for many years and enjoyed the energy of working with the many patients and friends that the practice generated. Jo was a unique and vibrant woman, full of color and life. With her "pearl drop" smile and sparkling blue eyes, Jo could light up a room and that smile was inevitably paired with her contagious laughter.
With style, grace and energy, she navigated her life. As a straight shooter, Jo never minced words, but her heart was always in the right place. Whether advocating for women's rights, helping someone in need or extending kindness to a friend, Jo always found a way to give back. She knew that her life had been blessed, so she generously reciprocated when someone was in need, be it a friend, or a complete stranger. Known for her mouth-watering spaghetti dinners, and her delicious tuna sandwiches, you would have to get to your seat at the dinner table early, if either of these were on the menu, to be sure that you got your share before it disappeared!
As much as she loved being at home, in Portsmouth, while tending to her garden, and growing her huge tomatoes that we all loved, along with raising hundreds upon hundreds of vibrant, colorful tulips in her many tulip beds, the sun eventually won out over the snow. In later years, Jo began to embrace her time spent down South, in the tropical weather. Her home in Florida was impeccably decorated, and she so enjoyed time spent there with family and friends. At Christmastime, in true Jo-fashion, the snows from New Hampshire were lovingly strewn across her Florida lawn. It may have been artificial snow, but it always evoked Christmas in New England.
Later in Jo's life, she found great comfort in her son, Peter, and his wife, Debra. A tremendous comfort to Jo while doc was ill, Debra was present and able to assist. Years later, after doc's passing, Jo became injured while in Florida, and Debra stepped right up to the plate to help with Jo's day-to-day activities. Truly, a best friend and special angel, Debra lovingly cared for Jo during her period of convalescence.
Jo lived her life with zeal and gusto. Her "oomph" is truly a part of the legacy that she leaves. Jo has found her rightful place in heaven, alongside of her beloved doc. May she know just how much her vibrant spirit lit up our world. Remember Jo often, so that her light will continue to shine down upon us all. Jo, may God bestow to you all of his blessings, as you are truly worthy of all of them. We will carry on in your name and your legacy... your loving family and friends.
In her memory, contributions may be directed to the N.H. SPCA, SOS Fund P.O. Box 196, 104 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham, NH 03885. Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert K. Gray Jr. Funeral Home, 24 Winnacunnet Road, Hampton, NH 03842; www.robertkgrayjrfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader from Dec. 17 to Dec. 18, 2011