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“JOSIE Family, My Sincere and Deepest Sympathy to you at this time. You are in my prayers and thoughts at this time. Sorry I missed the service I...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Barbara Wolf - Grinnell, IA

“So sorry to hear about Josie.. Have known her for years Her Brother was a close friend and Josie has always been a church/community-minded person as...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Mary Retter - Friend

“One of my favorite memories of Josie is having evening meal and Josie telling us to be quiet so she could listen to the police scanner; she loved to...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Nickole Hansen - Rolling Meadows, IL

“Dick,Sue,Dave,and Laura I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was an AWESOME lady. I have so many memories of staying over night at your home. My...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Marcia Burgess - Gilman, IA

“So sorry for your loss! We hold fond memories of Josie and your family and know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
5 of 9 | Posted by: Diane Tomlinson - Urbandale, IA

“Condolences to the family during this time. Dick I remember working at Delongs and also taking care of your mother at the nursing home. Sue, I still...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Lynne Campbell Thatcher

“Laura and family, So sorry for your loss. May you find comfort among family and friends during this difficult time.Carlene Howe ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Carlene Howe - Eagan, MN

“Laura and family- so sorry for your loss. May time allow the great memories to heal the pain of losing a loved one. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Steve Holtz - Sioux Falls, SD

“I'm so sorry to hear of Josie's passing. "Mrs. Roe" was the school secretary when I attended Bailey Park school and she held a special place in my...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Lynnda Risting - Grinnell, IA


Josie L. Roe, 79, of Gilman died August 6, 2017, at Grinnell Regional Medical Center.

A celebration of life has been scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 10th, at the Smith Funeral Home in Grinnell with Pastor Cheryl Ridenour, Gilman United Methodist Church, officiating.

Visitation with the family present will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

A private family burial will be held at Chester Cemetery, north of Grinnell.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Windsor Manor Alzheimer's Garden.

Josie was born on March 20, 1938, in Grinnell, the daughter of C.O. "Buss" and Ada Smith Eames. She grew up on the family farm in the Gilman and Montour areas and was educated in a country school near home, Gilman Public Schools and was a 1955 graduate of Newburg High School. She then attended Colorado State University in Greeley, Colorado.

On December 29, 1955, she was united in marriage with Richard "Dick" Roe at the Gilman Community Church. The couple lived in Grinnell and later Lares, Puerto Rico before returning to Grinnell in 1958. While in Grinnell she was employed as a school secretary at Bailey Park Elementary School. The Roe family later moved to Gilman in 1971.

Josie was an active member of the Gilman United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women. She was a big supporter of the SEMCO School District having served with her husband as president and vice president of the SEMCO Booster Club and volunteering for many school events. She was a Campfire and Girls Scout leader and a supporter of the Gilman Library. She loved children and for several years in Gilman she had a childcare center in her home. She also held a passion for making baby blankets which were donated to Grinnell Regional Medical Center OB Department. She loved quilting, china painting and gardening. She would often can her own produce. She was a fantastic cook and a great baker; she enjoyed having dinner prepared for her family. Once at the Iowa State Fair she was awarded a Blue Ribbon for her home-made biscuits.

Survivors include her husband, Dick of Gilman; her children, David Roe of Gilman, Suzanne (Ken) Golder of Apple Valley, Minnesota and Laura (Chris) Purdy of Lakeville, Minnesota; her sister, Marjorie "Cookie" Cope of Gilman and six grandchildren, Eli, Abby and Meghan Golder and Quinn, Olivia and Sam Purdy. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Tom Eames.

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