Josephine Lao Whyman
1936 - 2021
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Josephine Lao Whyman

Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother Josephine Lao Whyman passed away peacefully at home on January 2, 2021, after a 5-month-long battle with Dementia/Alzheimer's. She was known to her friends as "Josie". Her parents were Clemente Abayon Lao and Filomena Honorio. She was born on August 27, 1936 in Baybay Leyte, in the Philippines, and was 84 years old. She was the youngest of the five siblings (all deceased).

In 1963, Josephine was married to Ellsworth Lamar Green SR who was in the US Navy at the time. He was stationed at the Sangley Point Naval Base, Cavite City, in the Philippines. In 1973, Ellsworth was transferred to the Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) in Port Hueneme, CA and Josie remained with him for 13 years until the marriage ended in divorce in 1976.

In 1980, Josephine married John Earl Whyman and spent 15 of the happiest years of her life living with him at the Ventura Harbor Mobile Home Park Community, until his death in August 1995. She was an active member of the park community and participated in all the park activities including: "square dancing, line dancing, ballroom dancing, karaoke, social events and more". She remained in the same park for the remainder of her life and was known and love by everyone residing there.

Josephine was preceded in death by her son; Ellsworth Lamar Green Jr. who died unexpectedly on January 7, 2011 in Camarillo California and coincidentally buried on the same day, January 15, 2011, exactly 10 years earlier. She is survived by her daughters, Amy Halbig, Annie Green and Alice Robenolt; grandchildren (Jerry, Timmy, Jamason, Dominic, Cassandra, Catrina, and Nicholas); great-grandchildren (Jaiden, Brookelyn, Anthony, Timothy Jr, Aaliyah, and Kayla); and great-great-grandchildren (Raelyn and Greyson).

Due the the current COVID restrictions, there will only be a private graveside service at the Ivy Lawn Memorial Park on Friday, 15 Jan. Arrangements are under the direction of Ivy Lawn Funeral Home, 5400 Valentine Rd, Ventura, CA 93003. We will do a celebration of life when and if the COVID restrictions are lifted. A special thank you to Jim Wilson and the So Cal Hospice Care INC. (especially Luz and Danny) in Granada Hills, California. They did a phenomenal job in providing nursing, homecare services and meeting her needs. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Dementia/Alzheimer's Association or to a charity of your choice in honor of Josephine.




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Published in Ventura County Star from Jan. 11 to Jan. 14, 2021.
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