Josephine Eva Pickens
Josephine Eva Pickens, 96, formerly of Sanibel, passed away at her home in Fort Myers on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. She was born on October 27, l915, in Bourbon, Mo., daughter of the late Jasper Marion Miller and Ethel (Downes) Miller. She was preceded in death by her husband James Stevens Pickens in 2005.
She and her husband, James, moved to Sanibel in the early 1950s and they became an active and vital part of the community. Jo was assistant manager at Casa Ybel while James built their home and Seagrape Cottages. They were involved in square dancing and shell fairs at Sanibel Community House, partners in Sanibel-Captiva Real Estate, charter members of Sanibel Community Church, helped start the Sanibel Library and were busy in many other areas of island life, including putting Sanibel back together after Hurricane Donna in 1960.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James B. and Suzanne Pickens, granddaughter Karen Pickens of Sanibel, granddaughter Robin (John) Rose of Woodstock, Ga., and great-grandchildren Samantha, Catherine, Olivia and Edward James Rose. Her grandchildren called her “Granny JoJo” as did the rest of the family. She was sharp as a tack, bright, considerate and enthusiastic about life, even after over nine decades.
An ardent letter writer to friends and family all over the nation, she will be missed by them and the USPS. She was a model for aging proof that one can choose to get better as one ages. We will miss her bright smile and warm welcomes.