Obituary of Elena Josephine “Jo” Oakes Roche
Elena Josephine Roche gave a valiant fight whilst enduring a life with crippling chronic pain and was liberated through the comfort of family and hospice staff at Adair Village, formerly Clinton Healthcare. She was 81. Josephine was born in Modesto, California, to the late Sylvester Joseph Oakes and Lena K. (Folsom) Oakes. Known as “Josie” or “Jo” to some, she attended school at Burwood, Escalon High, and Valley Commercial College. She raised four children while residing in Escalon, CA nearly six decades until relocating to Missouri in 1997. Josephine is survived by her children: Richard Whitlock (Vickie), Warsaw, MO, Sandra LaCount, Windsor, MO, Lisa Roche, San Jose, CA, and Anthony Roche (Leslie), Escalon, CA; seven grandchildren - Christopher Enders, Brandon Whitlock, Jessica (Jake) Schuler, Tylor Wallen, Caitlyn Wallen, Anthony Roche Jr., and John Roche; 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Both Josephine’s father and grandmother were accomplished musicians. She played trumpet, enjoyed learning the electric guitar, singing, and playing instruments alongside her eldest children, Richard and Sandra. Her artistic creativity also translated to painting and drawing, crafting, sewing, crocheting, and entertaining her youngest children, Lisa and Anthony, by tirelessly sketching out their special requests of farmers, barnyard animals and other wild critters. Josephine played basketball and softball and enjoyed gardening, bird watching, her beloved pets, and regularly watching gameshows and soap operas, especially The Price is Right and Young and the Restless. She also became a Kansas City Chiefs football fan. Josephine had a youthful spirit and magnetic personality. Among many friends, she leaves two who remained dedicated and lifelong; Penny (Vesia) Cox and Patti (Smith) Stanley. The family would like to thank all staff who provided gentle loving care to “Miss Josephine” at Golden Valley Memorial Hospital’s PCU and Adair Village in Clinton, MO. Hadley Funeral Home in Windsor, MO is serving the family. No visitation or services are scheduled. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Golden Valley Memorial Hospital Foundation: www.GVMH.org/about/foundation/ or Meals on Wheels America: www.mealsonwheelsamerica.org or your charity of preference. Condolences may be left online at www.hadleyfuneralhome.com.