Forest Lawn West Funeral & Cremation Service & Forest Lawn West Cemetery
4601 Freedom Drive, Charlotte, NC
April 23, 1959 – August 23, 2019
Marijo Gerard Krider, 60, whose gift was seeing and photographing beauty in simplicity, was suddenly hospitalized in mid-July and passed away on August 23, 2019 in Charlotte, NC. Marijo was a woman of generosity, wit, loyalty, athleticism, and opinion. An imaginative and entrepreneurial traveler, she cherished relationships with friends and families around the globe. Wherever she found herself, Jo’s personality, organizational and managerial skills, her culinary talents, and her passion for plants and the environment gave positive energy to those around her.
Marijo also enjoyed every adventure, competition, and challenge. Her surviving sisters, brothers, and their spouses include: Rosemary Schmid, Charlotte, NC; Kathy Satchwill, Kannapolis, NC; Betsy (Jerry) Traub, Indianapolis, IN; Bill (Pat Perez) Krider Lawrenceburg, IN; Dik (Jeanne Peoples) Krider, Marietta, GA; Margaret (Jack) Powell, Leesburg, FL; Bob (Marilyn Newland) Krider, Dent, OH; and Kris (Michele Kolbinsky) Krider, Arlington, VA. Marijo also is survived by her partner and best friend, Dena Keller, Kannapolis, NC. Preceding Marijo in death were her sister, Jane Krider DeYoung (2001); her mother, Georgia Cole Krider (1998); her father, Bill Krider (1982); and an infant brother, Jimmy (1953).
The “favorite aunt” to 28 nieces and nephews, and 35 great nieces and great nephews, Jo was a special confidant, mentor, and teacher. “When Jo approved of or commented on a photo, you knew it was GOOD!” Marijo was a ‘one of a kind’ international sister to Christina Bjartell, Malmo, Sweden, and she treasured extraordinary relationships with her siblings, friends, colleagues, cousins, nieces, nephews, their spouses, extended families, partners, children, and grandchildren.
Marijo graduated from Lawrenceburg High School (1977) and earned degrees in photography and journalism from the Ohio Institute of Photography (1979) and Northern Kentucky University (1990). She served in the U.S. Army in Germany and was honorably discharged in Seattle, WA upon her completion of service (1981-1985). While living in Savannah, Marijo earned her Georgia Master Gardener Certification (1994.)
Marijo worked, lived in, and most importantly to her, made forever friends in Lawrenceburg and Greendale, IN; New York, NY; Lexington, KY; Tacoma and Seattle, WA; Moose Pass, AK; Tybee Island and Savannah, GA; Woodlyn and Philadelphia, PA; Middleburg FL; Charlotte and Kannapolis, NC. From a personal profile that Marijo wrote when she was moving from Savannah in 1995: “One Last Word, If I may: I thrive on challenges. Life would be rather boring without them. I lead by example. I readily adapt to unusual situations. I am an optimist, and I believe tomorrow will be even better.”
Marijo’s death was due to complications of medical issues leading to respiratory failure.
On Saturday, October 12 at 11a.m. Marijo's family and friends will gather for a graveside service at Greendale Cemetery. A Celebration and Remembrance of Marijo will begin at 1:00 p.m. at Veraestau Historic Site, Aurora, IN. In remembrance of Marijo, her family appreciates gifts of service or financial contributions be shared with The Dearborn Highlands Arts Council, www.dearbornhighlandsarts.org or to the Dearborn County Foundation www.dearborncf.org
Marijo Gerard Krider April 23, 1959 - August 23, 2019
Celebration of Life
Celebration of Life
September 7, 2019
I didn't know you, Marijo, but I know how much your sister, Kate, loved you.
September 6, 2019
Peace, love and happiness, Marijo. So grateful for all our shared memories as sisters and adventurers.