Josephine Boss


Mrs. Josephine “Jo” Black Boss, 95, died peacefully at Nassawadox Rehabilitation and Nursing on July 6, 2023.

She was born in Clarksboro, N.J., on Dec. 1, 1927, and reared in Northampton County. She was the daughter of the late J. Harold (Doc) Black and Helen Brammell Black of Willow Grove farm in Northampton County.

She married Charles W. Boss Jr. on March 20, 1948. Together in their Cheriton home, they raised four children, Charles Boss (Louise), of Machipongo, Allen Black Boss, Helen Boss Carr (Bill), of Miami, Fla., and Carol Josephine Boss Paddock (Wayne), of Hazel Green, Ala.

She had one grandchild, Daniel Boss Carr, of Miami, Fla., and many nieces and nephews of whom she was very fond.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles W. Boss Jr.; son, Allen Black Boss; sisters, Margaret “Dickie” Black Jones and Barbara “Bobbie” Black Brown; brother, Joseph “Buddy” George Black; and sisters-in-law, Aline Boss Wimbrow and Anne Boss Burke.

She is survived by her sisters, Lenore Boss Quandt, of Virginia Beach, and Carol Boss Nash, of Midlothian.

She was a long-time member of Christ Episcopal Church, Eastville, where she was a member of St. Cecelia’s Guild. She served for many years as Altar Guild chair, taught Sunday school, made and sold crafts at the church bazaar, and was active in many other capacities.

After her own children were grown, she worked for a time as a teacher’s aide at Cheriton Elementary School. She loved meeting those pupils later when they were adults.

Jo was a homemaker whose love of home and family showed in her cooking, gardening, sewing, and living an example of motherhood. Jo loved working in her yard growing vegetables and flowers. In her last year of life, she planned which flowers and vegetables she would grow, and she purchased the seeds. Those plants are now growing.

In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial donation to Christ Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 367, Eastville, VA 23347.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 13, at 11 a.m., from the graveside at Parksley Cemetery with the Rev. Janet Wheelock officiating.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at  Arrangements were by Fox Funeral Home, Temperanceville.

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