Josephine Ruth (Arbogast) Hodgdon

Born: Fri., May 11, 1923
Died: Mon., May 13, 2013

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Sat., May 18, 2013
Location: First Christian Church Pendleton

Interment following funeral service

Location: Skyview Memorial Park

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Josephine (Jo) Ruth Hodgdon died Monday, May 13, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Pendleton.  She was 90 years old.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at the First Christian Church in Pendleton, with interment to follow at Skyview Memorial Park in Pendleton.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, Friend of the Library, Lions Club, or the charity of your choice.  Send condolences online at   Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

Jo was born March 11, 1923, in Ritter, Oregon, to Helen R. and John L. Arbogast.  The family moved frequently, so Jo and her brother attended school in several communities throughout Oregon.  After graduating from Pendleton High School in 1941, Jo worked at the First National Bank for two years.

Jo married Lloyd A. Hodgdon on September 26, 1942, in Pendleton; they soon began raising their family.  The home was always full of children and pets. When the youngest of their five children entered kindergarten, Jo was hired by the East Oregonian newspaper and continued to work in the commercial printing field for 25 years, retiring from Master Printers in 1985.

Jo was always involved in her children’s activities, volunteering for several organizations including Boy Scouts, Campfire Girls, Little League baseball, and the Washington School PTA.  She was also a member of Pythian Sisters, Lioness Club and Christian Women’s Fellowship.  Always an excellent student, Jo enjoyed taking courses through BMCC.

After retiring, Jo was involved in Retired Seniors, the Umatilla County Historical Society, Friends of the Library and the Community Bargain Counter. Among her favorite activities were crafts, sewing, gardening, reading, camping, and spending time with family.  Of course, visiting with her grand children and great-grandchildren topped the list. Jo enjoyed traveling, especially her trips to Alaska and, when she was 79 years old, to Italy.  She will be missed by all who knew her.

Jo is survived by her daughters Joanne Hodgdon of Vancouver, WA; Patty Alexander of Pendleton; her son David (Cathy) Hodgdon of Rome, Italy; her brother John Louis Arbogast of Eugene, Oregon; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years Lloyd Hodgdon, her daughter Paula Cary and her son L. Martin Hodgdon.

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Eleventh Hour warriors
   Posted Thu May 16, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. May God be with you during this time. You are in our hearts and prayers.

John Pedro
   Posted Sat May 18, 2013
So sorry to hear of Mrs. Hodgdon's passing. I remember her from Washington school days! She was so active in the PTA and school events. I was friends with Martin thru those school days, and at BMCC and EOC. My prayers and condolences to the family.

John Pedro

J Nunnally-Boyd
   Posted Thu May 23, 2013
I am sorry to learn Mrs. Hodgdon passed. The loss of a loved one is very painful. Acts 17:24, 25 and 28 informs us: The God that made the world and all things in to all persons life and breath and all things. For by him we have life and move and exist. Rev 4:11 reads...You are worthy Jehovah to receive glory and honor and power. Rev 21:4 tells us...he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor out cry nor pain be any more. The formed things have passed away. Acts 24:15 tells us that Jehovah promises a resurrection of our loved. We must have faith in His promise. To help strengthen our faith, please also read Isaiah 33:24, Isaiah 55:11 and Isaiah 25:8. I offer my deepest sympathy and hope for your family.

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