November 1, 1999
Mrs. Morrison is survived by her son Jim (Sheila) Morrison of Des Moines; son Tom of Lacey; brother Carl (Edith) Henderson of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee; sister Lavina Peterson of Ionia, Michigan; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Josephine was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania on May 13, 1925. She married Arthur E. Owens in 1948 in Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1958, she moved with her family to Van Nuys, California, where she lived until 1990. At that time, Josephine and Arthur moved to Vancouver, Washington. After Arthur's death, Josephine moved to Brittany Park Retirement Center in Woodinville in November of 1997.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, her mother, Fleda McDonald, and two stillborn children. She is survived by her sisters Jean Earnshaw, Long Beach, California, Sr. Mary Marcia McDonald, Erie, Pensylvania, Maxine Stobert, Birmingham, Alabama, Nancy Fiasco, St. Louis, Missouri; her brothers Robert McDonald, Escondido, California, and Patrick McDonald, Tucson, Arizona.
She is also survived by her children Denise Mackenstadt (Gary), Bothell; Arthur E. Owens II (Terrie), Ridgecrest, California; and grandchildren Eric and Amanda Mackenstadt, Caleb, Christopher and Marissa Owens, as well as one great-grandchild, Darius Mackenstadt.
Known to her family and longtime friends as Jo, she was a caring friend, sister, aunt, grandmother, mother-in-law, and mother. She was always supportive of the needs of young people, be they her Girl Scout Troop, friends of her children or grandchildren, or nieces and nephews. Other than her family, her greatest love was painting and drawing. She was recognized by all who knew her as a talented artist.
She was a longtime member of St. Bridget of Sweden Catholic Parish in Van Nuys, California. Subsequently, she attended St. Joseph's in Vancouver, Washington, and St. John Vianney, Kirkland.
The family requests that donations be made on Josephine's behalf to the National Federation of the Blind of Washington, P.O. Box 2516, Seattle, Washington. A memorial mass was celebrated at St. John Vianney Catholic Church Friday, Oct. 29, with a reception following at Brittany Park Retirement Center in Woodinville.