Elizabeth Anne Josey "Anne", of Albuquerque, passed away peacefully at her home, in the care of her children, on Friday, January 27, 2023, at the age of 90.
Born at the height of the Great Depression and on the edge of the Dust Bowl near Raton, NM to Patrick and Bertha (McDonald) Berry, Anne quickly learned the security of a loving yet humble home, to value hard work and a job well done, the merits of lifelong learning and community service, and to cherish family and friends. Beginning school at the age of four to ensure there were enough students to ride the bus in her ranching community, Anne proved to be a bright and energetic student. She would go on to earn her B.A. degree and to serve as a teacher and mentor to students at Taylor Middle School in the Albuquerque Public School system for over 20 years. There she impacted the lives of countless students with her patient and kind instruction. In addition to her teaching career, Anne and her husband, Robert were owners of a summer RV park in southern Colorado where she managed operations and provided high-quality guest experiences for more than 25 years.
Anne was the loving mother of six children, a devoted wife, and the bedrock of her family. As a devout Catholic, she was an active member of the Women's Guild at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. Slow to judge and immensely tolerant, Anne provided comfort and stability to her family, friends, and many young people to whom she lent support and guidance. Her charity was not a hand out but a hand up. Anne lived a generous life with strength and dignity, a life of love.
Anne was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Robert; five siblings; her eldest son, Patrick; a grandson, Matthew; and a son-in-law, Larry. She is survived by her sister, Jane (Pat); her children, Suzanne (Tom), Michael, John (Eileen), Kathleen, Margaret (Jason); her grandchildren, Caitlin, Kenneth (Nicole), Sarah (Kael), Robert (Bailey), Stephen (Robert), Brian (Laura), Alix, Colin, Kevin (Katie), Claire, Isabelle, Walter, and Hayden; and her great-granddaughters, Ansleigh, Eloise, and Libby.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made in the name of Anne Josey, an avid lifelong reader, to the Albuquerque Public Library Foundation ( https://www.abqlibraryfoundation.org/donate).
A Rosary will be recited Friday, February 3, 2023, 12:30 p.m., at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 4020 Lomas Blvd. NE. Mass will follow at 1:00 p.m. Burial will take place Saturday, February 4, 2023, 2:00 p.m., at Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Raton, NM.
Friday, February 3, 2023
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Friday, February 3, 2023
Starts at 1:00pm (Mountain time)