Josephine Elizabeth Carey, 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 Smith, 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 lived in Mt. Shasta until enlisting into 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. Then in 1976 she married Robert D. Caley.
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. 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 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 will be at the Desert Rose Funeral Chapel on Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Fort Jones on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 11:00 a.m. with committal in the Fort Jones 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 is in charge of the arrangements.