87, died Friday, Jan. 4, 2008, after a brief illness.
She was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on Nov. 8, 1920, the younger of two
daughters of Naomis and Grace (Ward) Craddock. She attended Eastside High School in Des Moines, where she was a member of the National
Honor Society and graduated in 1937. She earned a bachelor of arts in sociology
at Iowa University in 1943, where she was a member of the
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.
Shortly after graduation, Mrs. Josey enlisted in the Womenís
Army Corps. Commissioned as a second lieutenant at Fort Oglethorpe, Ga. in December of 1943, she served in assignments
stateside and in France, rising to the rank of first lieutenant
before her separation from the Army in 1946.
Upon completion of her military
service, Mrs. Josey
attended graduate school at the University of Southern California, where she met and married William T. Josey Sr. in 1950. They moved
to Medford in 1951, where they raised their
Mrs. Josey was later employed at Prudential Insurance
Company as a manager in the personnel office. She retired from Prudential in
1984 when the insurance company closed its Boston office. She then moved to Bradford with
her husband, and both returned to work at the Internal Revenue Service in Andover. Mrs. Josey retired from the IRS after her husbandís
death in 1996.
The following year, she began
volunteer work in the records section at the Merrimack Valley Hospital (formerly Hale Hospital) in Haverhill. She continued volunteering twice a week
until 2006, when she moved to Youville Place Assisted Living in Lexington.
An avid reader, music lover and
word game enthusiast, she is survived by a son, William T. Josey Jr. of Manchester,
N.H.; a daughter, Claudia G. Knight, of Lexington; six grandchildren; and two
She was also the sister of the
late Enola (Craddock) Johnson. She is remembered with fondness by extended
family, co-workers and friends.
Visiting hours will be from 4 to
8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, at Gaffey Funeral Home, 43 High St., Medford. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10
a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, at St. Raphaelís Church, 512 High St., Medford.