Josephine Fay Wallace
January 15, 1917 – August 6, 2019
Josephine Fay Wallace , 102, of Coral Springs, Florida and a Florida Pioneer Woman of Fort Lauderdale went home to heaven on Tuesday, August 6th. Josephine was born in Athens, Ohio to Frederick “Fred” Frank Sutton and Bessie Mae (Grubb) Sutton and moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida 1924.
Josephine was predeceased by her parents, husbands Woodrow William Evans (1950) and Robert Wallace (2001), her brother, Harold Sutton, her sisters Freda Durham, Frances Flora, Catherine Campbell and Juanita Donato, a daughter Judith Marie Evans and two sons, William Woodrow Evans and James Douglas Evans. She is survived by her daughters, Betty Jo Bast, Sharon Olkewicz, and Janice (Richard) Day and son, Bruce (Carol) Evans, 19 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, 11 great great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Josephine’s father moved she, her brother and sisters to Fort Lauderdale, FL in 1924 after the death of her mother and at the height of the first Florida housing “boom”. Josephine and her family resided in “tent” city set up near South Side Elementary School to house newcomers until her father found a lot in an area of Fort Lauderdale called Progresso where he built their first home. Their Progresso home was lost in the ’26 hurricane. The second home Josephine’s father built has survived all the hurricanes since the “26 storm and still stands today in what is now called Old Progresso Village.
Josephine’s memories included homework done by kerosene gaslight during her school years. There was no TV or radio at that time. The beach was everything for Josephine and her family. For entertainment they paid a dime to go the movie theater followed by a nickel ice cream at William Mc Williams across the street from Stranahan Park. Reading was her favorite pastime along with spending time with her family and friends.
Josephine was a loving and beloved daughter, sister, mother, Grammy, Great and Great Great Grammy and friend. She had a deep and abiding faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ, was quick-witted with a great sense of humor. She will be deeply missed by all those she loved and all who loved her.
Friends may join the family for a Celebration of Life Gathering on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 from 10:30 to 11 am., at the KRAEER FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION CENTER, 1655 University Drive, Coral Springs, Fl., with a Funeral Service at 11:00 am., followed by burial at Lauderdale Memorial Park Cemetery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Betty Jo Bast, Daughter
- Sharon Olkewicz, Daughter
- Janice Day, Daughter
- Richard Day, Son-in-law
- Bruce Evans, Son
- Carol Evans, Daughter-in-law
- Mrs. Wallace also leaves 19 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren, 11 great great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews to cherish her memory.
- Visitation Wednesday, August 14, 2019
- Funeral Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019
- Committal Service Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Josephine Fay Wallace
August 18, 2019
After seeing all these beautiful pictures of Josphine and all the family, I just want you to know it shows so clearly that She listened, loved and cared for all and what an important member of the family she was. I am privileged to have viewed this and will try to take her lessons with me in life.
God Bless you all! Love to you.
Judy Sturgeon ( Chris Campbell's sister)
August 14, 2019
Sorry we were unable to attend Jodie's Celebration Of Life. The tribute video of her life was very moving in many ways. We are so glad that the family has those beautiful memories to store within their hearts. Jodie was so welcoming, warm and loving. And as Janice said that Catherine's hugs were full of love and so too were Jodies's. We were blessed to have had her so many, many years. She will always be in our hearts. May the joy she brought into this world be with all of her family. With Love to All
Tucker and Chris
August 9, 2019
What a wonderful honor and pleasure knowing this lady throughout the years! She was loved by so many and equally constantly showed her love for others. Jody lived a long and often times a hard life with lots of ups and downs. However through all her trials she never lost her sense of humor nor her consideration of others. She was very blessed to have her loving daughter, Janice Day, as her caregiver in the later years. She will be missed by many. We can find peace in knowing she is with her Heavenly Father.
August 9, 2019
Jodie was such a sweet soul. She maintained a wonderful sense of humor up to the end. I’m so glad I got to visit with her last month. Susie