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Passed on: January 23rd, 2013

Josephine "Jo" Blackwell, nee Headley, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, January 23rd at Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops. She was 92.

Jo was born in Belfast, N. Ireland in 1920, the eldest of three beautiful sisters. She married her husband Frank in Belfast in 1942 and moved to England after the war. She and Frank lived in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire and returned to Belfast before immigrating to Canada in 1972 to be with her daughter Valerie. Frank sadly predeceased his wife in 1993 after 51 years of a wonderful marriage.

Jo was devoted to her church and loved knitting and making elaborate and warm Aran sweaters for her family and friends. She was an avid reader of novels of all kinds but particularly enjoyed mysteries and she loved to play cards with her friends Allan and Ellen (Ethel). Jo was loved for her cooking and we all looked forward to her Christmas Trifle. Her main love in life was her family. She treasured time with her daughter Valerie, her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren, and cherished all family gatherings.

Jo was predeceased by her husband Frank and her sister Winifred.

Left to remember this tender and graceful lady are her daughter Valerie and son-in-law Doug Takahashi, her grandson David and his wife Coco and their son Rian, her granddaughter Joanne and her husband Rod Branch and their son Baxter and Jo's step great-grandchildren Monica, Emily, Jacob, and Benjamin Branch, all of Kamloops. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the pride of her life and filled her with joy and merriment.

Very dear to Jo is her beloved sister Muriel, her brother-in-law Ernie, and her two nephews Colin and his wife Karena, of N. Ireland, Peter and his wife Dee and their daughter Molly of Ireland, and her niece Donna in England and her two daughters Tanya and Katrina. She also leaves behind her extended family Ed Takahashi (now deceased) and his wife Meri and their sons Edward, Sydney, and Roger and their families who were all a loving part of Jo's life as were her dearest friends Pam Mercier, and Allen and Ethel Middleton and their children and families who loved their "Aunty Jo".

There are many people whose lives Jo has touched over the years and she nourished our lives with laughter and joy. We will hold dear the memories of her love, kindness and smiling Irish eyes.

We love you Mum, Grandma and GG and you will remain in our hearts forever.

Friends wishing to pay respects to Jo may do so on Tuesday, January 29th between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. at Schoening Funeral Service, 513 Seymour Street, Kamloops. Following this will be a private family graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kamloops United Church, 387 4th Ave, Kamloops.

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