Josephine Maye Fleetwood (nee Jones) was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on the morning of August 17, 2019. Her journey began on November 26, 1926 on a farm near the hamlet of Dikes, Missouri. She was born to Lillian Maye (Clark)(1907-1996) and William Thomas Jones (1893-1957).
Her early years were spent exploring the hills of the farm in the company of her younger brother, William Thomas Jones, Jr. (1927-2017) who was a year her junior. The family moved to Mountain Grove, Missouri before Josephine entered high school when her father bought the Gambles Hardware Store on the town square. Graduating from Mountain Grove High School in 1944, she began assembly line work at the Brown Shoe Factory soon after.
She met Coy Fleetwood (1925-2013) of Mansfield, Missouri upon Coy’s return from service in WWII (1946). The couple were wed July 4, 1948. Three children were born of the union: Brenda Lou (1950-2014), Mark Alan (1956- ) and Pamela Gayle (1958- )
The family moved to Osceola (1958) where Mr. Fleetwood worked as Vice President of The Edwards Press, Inc. until retirement (1990). Josephine, after raising the children worked for many years as a bookkeeper at the St. Clair County State Bank in Osceola.
Josephine lived her last years in the care of her son in Columbia, Missouri and passed away at The Neighborhoods by Tiger Place in Columbia, Missouri after a brief residency. Josephine was a shy, retiring person whose first concern was always the welfare of others and whose greatest joy was her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years Coy Fleetwood; daughter, Brenda, who like Josephine was afflicted with breast cancer.
Josephine is survived by her son, Mark (Columbia); daughter, Pamela Brown and husband Benjamin Joseph Brown (Osceola); three grandchildren by daughter Brenda, Debra, Cythia, and John (all of Loveland, Colorado) and six great-grandchildren, Jaden, Skylar, Telitha, Shadow, Betty and Emily.
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