Josephine Elizabeth Caley, 99, died at the Lake District Hospital in Lakeview on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014.
Josephine was born to Manuel and Grace (Givan) Mello in Fort Jones, Calif. on the family cattle ranch on Dec. 8, 1914. She grew up in Fort Jones where she graduated from high school in 1932.
She enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps and served honorably from May 1944 until April 1946. She was very proud of her service and has her name listed on the Women’s Service Wall in Washington, D.C. and also in the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden.
Jo and Arthur Ferl were married in Redding in 1949 with this marriage ending in a divorce.
Jo worked for the U. S. Forest Service on the Klamath National Forest in Yreka from 1955 to 1975 with two years of that time spent in Ketchican, Alaska.
In 1976 she married Robert D. Caley and they made their home in Mt. Shasta. She moved to Lakeview in 1998.
She was a very talented artist. She thoroughly enjoyed gardening, was a member of the Lakeview Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and was a licensed Ham radio operator.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Robert Caley; sisters, Mary Lawrence, Agnes Nunes, Ann Self and brothers, Carl Mello and Silveria Mello.
Jo is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Katheren Ferl of Lakeview; step-son and wife, Bob and Julie Caley of Redding; step-daughter and husband, Bonnie and Jim Atkinson of Mt. Shasta; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
Recitation of the Holy Rosary was held at the Desert Rose Funeral Chapel on Friday, Jan. 10, at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fort Jones, Calif. on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. with committal in the Fort Jones Catholic Cemetery with military honors.
Contributions in Josephine’s memory may be made to Lake County Museum Endowment Fund, 118 S. E St., Lakeview 97630 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Desert Rose Funeral Chapel had charge of the arrangements.