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Josephine Beatrice "Josie" Merrell Thorn
Birth: Jul. 27, 1896
Henry County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 11, 1972
El Paso County
Texas, USA

Josephine Beatrice Merrell was born in Hazel Tennessee near the Kentucky Tennessee border on 27 July 1896 to her Father William Andrew "Billy" Merrell and her Mother Daisy Octavia Buchanan. Josie married Rueben Francis Coffee in 1914 until his death in July of 1936. Josie and Rueben had 4 daughters named Evelyn, Helen, Gladys and Maudie. She raised her 4 daughters alone after her husband died. She was 4'10" tall and wore a size 3.5 shoe. Times were very hard in 1936. Josie's mother in law, Maude Yates, had money and could have helped them. Instead Maude Yates chose to leave Josie and her 4 daughters alone without help after her son Rueben died in 1936. Still Josie always found a way to raise her girls working from sun up to sundown. Her daughters said of her, "Mama never sat down". Her daughters remained proud of their tiny Mother throughout their lives. She is survived by her grandchildren and great grandchildren who remember Granny fondly. Josie had no children with her subsequent marriage to John Thorn and lived out her life in El Paso, Texas. She loved animals and had several Pekingese dogs and chickens. Josephine loved to shop and fixed a mean pot of beans and corn bread. I recall when I was 8 years old I was almost as tall as Granny. She made a mark on her wall to compare our heights. When I visited her the following year I was slightly taller than she was. She made a big deal of it. I adored her and miss her still. Granny had a stroke and was incapacitated the last months of her life. She was unable to talk or move. 
Family links: 
  Daisy Octavia Buchanan Sears (1878 - 1947)
  William Andrew Merrell (1853 - 1932)
  Rueben Francis Coffey (1896 - 1936)
  Evelyn Viola Coffee Berry (1915 - 1976)*
  Helen Ruby Coffee Wall (1920 - 2005)*
  Gladys Alice Coffee Hennings (1923 - 1983)*
  Maudie Angeline Armstrong (1925 - 2004)*
*Calculated relationship
Restlawn Memorial Park
El Paso
El Paso County
Texas, USA
Plot: Garden of Eternal Life, Lot 159, Space 2
Created by: Sherri G.
Record added: Jun 22, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53976258
Josephine Beatrice Josie <i>Merrell</i> Thorn
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Josephine Beatrice Josie <i>Merrell</i> Thorn
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Josephine Beatrice Josie <i>Merrell</i> Thorn
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Precious Granny. You are loved and remembered everyday of my life and by your daughters. So many things I would love to ask you. So many little things left unanswered.
- Sherri G.
 Added: May. 16, 2012
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