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In memory of SCOA member Josephine Decie, by John Labby on behalf of The Friends
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We, the Salisbury Council on Aging, the Friends of the Salisbury Council on Aging and the citizens of Salisbury, wish to take this opportunity to remember and honor the life of Mrs. Josephine Decie (Oct. 16, 1919-May 6, 2004).

Josephine Decie. "Jose," to most of us, was a shining example of how we should all treat one another. She was gentle, loving and kind. Her warm smile and friendly welcoming "Hello" was always sincere.

Jose's genuine desire to serve those around her was endless. Until her retirement a year and a half ago, she was the site manager in Salisbury for the Merrimack Valley Nutrition Program. As many can tell you, she would not only feed you, she would pick you up and give you a ride back home if needed.

As a NEET driver, for 15 years Jose had driven hundreds of patients to and from their doctors' appointments. At 84, she was still driving those who needed a ride.

From its inception, Josephine Decie served on the Salisbury Council on Aging. As a founding member, Jose served as "the only" treasurer for the Friends of the Salisbury Council on Aging for 14 years. She ran the bingo at the Salisbury Hilton Center for over 10 years. As treasurer, Jose guarded all the money raised by the Friends, as if it were her own, always making certain that money was spent wisely for the needs of our seniors.

Josephine gave so much of herself. Through her daily routines, she taught us how to love unconditionally. She taught us to be humble. She taught us to respect one another. She taught us to stop and hug one another, to kiss when we meet, to kiss when we say goodbye.

When parting, Jose always said "God bless you" in a tone of absolute faith that God provides. Now, we who have been so blessed to have had Josephine Decie touch our lives, must say our goodbye. Goodbye until we meet again. And may God bless you, Josephine Decie. On behalf of all those you served so well, "Thank you!"

Now we encourage you, our fellow citizens, to step forward and help us fill the void left by Mrs. Josephine Decie. If you can help provide transportation to the sick and elderly, call the NEET office at (978) 388-7474. If you have time to share with our senior citizens, call your local Council on Aging. Salisbury (978) 462-2412; Amesbury (978) 388-8138; Newburyport (978) 462-8650; Newbury (978) 462-8114; West Newbury (978) 363-1104. Your acts of kindness will sincerely be appreciated.

John J. Labby
Chairman of The Friends of the Salisbury Council on Aging
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