Josephine Elizabeth Trued (Schafer)
(1924 - 2011)

Josephine Elizabeth Trued (Schafer)
Nickname: JoJo

Kansas, United States of America
March 16, 1924

New York, United States of America
July 17, 2011

We remember with love our mom, JoJo Trued, who led an amazing life and lived each day to the fullest.

Josephine Elizabeth Schafer Trued passed away in New York on Sunday, July 17, 2011. She was born to William and Minnie Schafer at their farmhouse in Perry, Kansas on March 16, 1924. She graduated from Perry High School in 1941, and entered the nursing program at KU. She left the program to marry 1st Lt Marine Air Corps Merlyn Trued in 1944. She stood by him during his years of education through graduate school, and through his long career as an international economist which included his being appointed Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury by President Kennedy.

She loved flying and earned her small aircraft pilot license in Kansas in 1946 and spent many hours in the air with her young son.

She was charming, beautiful, and eccentric. She loved people, talking, and giving advice. At gatherings, she would invariably end up somewhere at or near the center due largely to her unique and zestful personality.

She greatly enjoyed many years traveling the world extensively with her husband, including two years spent with her family in Saigon, Vietnam just before the war began. She was an accomplished artist in drawing, painting and sculpture, and also collected distinctive works of art from around the world. She became immersed in the continuing arts program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

She loved Cape May Point, New Jersey where she spent much time over a 20 year period with her many women friends living out wild and wooly times of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.

She connected well and easily with other generations including her grandchildren and their friends and certainly did not hesitate to offer them “advice”.

She and her husband had two children: Micheal Trued (Alicia) of Lorton, VA, and Sally Trued (Nicholas Shorter) of Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. She returned for the Schafer annual family reunion in Perry whenever she could, and never lost her love of that area and its history as well as maintaining a strong sense of the importance of family.

She leaves behind many beloved relatives including seven grandchildren(Brittain Villaflores, Christy Gell, Tim Shorter, Brittain Shorter, Astrid Trued, Jaime Shorter, & Cross Trued), a special "grandaughter" Tiffany, brother-in-law Clif Trued and her sisters-in-law (Ruth Trued, Oleta Schafer, Gladys Schafer, Betty Atwell, Thelda Schafer), grandson-in-law Dallas Stapleton, cousins, and many nieces and nephews.

She adopted the name JoJo upon learning of the impending arrival of her first grandchild because she did not want to be known as an “old Grandma”.

As her nephew remarked: “She lived a phenomenal life and lived it to the fullest. She showed how far a young farmgirl from rural northeast Kansas could go.”

A small, private memorial service will be held on August 14, 2011 at Cape May Point, New Jersey.

Inurnment will take place on December 19, 2011 at the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.

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Guest Book (3 entries)
August 1st, 2011
You were very special lady and we will miss you alot
Karl, Cindy and Kirsten
Cindy Trued (cousin's wife)
July 29th, 2011
Jojo the few times i met you you made me laugh and always smile, I will never forget the time the nanny crew came to stay with you in DC, I
will always remember you, your friend, Michelle Doran
michelle doran (nanny friend)
July 22nd, 2011
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"Moomero, Went to the 4Js Wine store for the first time yesterday since you've been gone--they were so upset to hear you had left us.Not the same here getting ready for Christmas without you--we too put your silver slinky stocking up on our fireplac"
Sally (BK) Trued
December 7th, 2011
"Dear JoJo,We miss you a lot as the Christmas time approaches:it has an especial meaning for your immed. family.We have your stocking up by the fireplace with ours.It ain't the same without you there.Lots of Love,Mike Alice Astrid Dallas Cross"
mike trued
December 7th, 2011
"Just stopping by to say hello...Been thinking about you a lot as dec 19 gets closer...wish I could call you just to hear you tell me to be aware of male chauvinist pigs haha. love you Jojo <3."
Jaime S
December 6th, 2011
"Mom, I still miss you every day. I was comfortably sandwiched between you and my kids, and now I feel adrift. Lots of love, BK."
Sally Trued
October 15th, 2011
"You're still in my thoughts and heart everyday...miss you incredible amounts but i know you'll always be here with me and ill still be livin by your words of advice for yrs to come! Love you forever."
Jaime S
August 31st, 2011
"Jojo, we are glad to have known you. We will remember forever your lively & caring personality. You will surely be missed by many. God bless."
Tito & Marichu Aventurado
August 27th, 2011
"JoJo, I only met you a few times but they were great times, you will be missed by everyone who knew you, I will be forever grateful for your help and friendship to Anya when she was in the States. Love Valerie, Michael, Kayley-ann & Ian"
Valerie Burrows
August 24th, 2011
"Dear Jo - you will always be in my memory for all the years of relationship as a brother-in-law. May God continue to bless you!!"
Clif Trued
August 4th, 2011
"JoJo you were always an interesting person to sit with. You never lacked for something to say. Your absence will be felt by me and my family. Love, Debbie"
Debbie Stapleton
July 30th, 2011
"I'm still stunned that you're gone. Thanks for sharing your unique prism of viewing the world. I can see clearly that special part of life I received directly from you & for that I will always be very grateful.I remember you softly. Love,your son."
Micheal Trued
July 29th, 2011


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