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Josephine 'Jody' Workman

Jody left us suddenly on Friday, November 4, 2011, to join her husband of 60 years, Floyd. She was born to Earl and Lois Hobbs, on October 3, 1932, in Lake City, Calif.

Her family moved to the Rogue Valley in 1934, and she graduated from Ashland High School in 1950. She then married Floyd Workman in Reno, Nev., on October 6, 1951. She was a stay-at-home mom until she began packing pears at Associated Fruit. She also worked as the secretary at Phoenix High School for many years before beginning her career in real estate. She became a real estate broker in 1984, and went on to become Realtor of the Year.

Floyd and Jody were the founders of the Buckles and Bows square dance club, and enjoyed that for 13 years. They became snowbirds after retirement, and traveled the western states making friends everywhere they went. Jody enjoyed camping, Honda riding, painting, gardening and playing cribbage.

She is survived by her three children, Diane (Jim) Lewis, Doug (Cheri) Workman, and Darren Workman. She was the loving grandmother of eight, and great-grandmother of 10. She is also survived by her brother, Jim Hobbs; and sisters, Jackie Richards and Jeanne Cales. She was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd; and their beloved dog, Skosh.

Grandma taught us what it meant to be a kind, loving and truly optimistic person. She cherished the time with her family and friends, and she will forever be in our hearts.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., on Monday, November 14, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church on 2nd Street in Phoenix, Ore.