Mary Josephine Toogood

December 6, 1923October 31, 2018

Josie lived a faith filled life of 94 years and was surrounded by her family when she died on October 31, 2018. Born in Wales on December 6, 1923 Josie was proud to be British and proud of her adopted United States. She served in World War II as a Women’s Air Force radar operator and served her adopted country at the Veterans Hospital as a volunteer for 49 years. Josie was a devoted wife to Chester Stanley an American Air Force service man with whom she had two children Anne and John. After Chester died, Josie started a new life with great courage in Dallas. She joined St Monica’s Parish in 1959.

In 1965 she married Willam Edward Toogood and created a full life of involvement in her community and parish and enjoyed international travel. Never happy simply “sitting around” Josie was fully engaged in life with tennis, jazzercise, prayer and bible studies. She was also a lector and Eucharistic minister; she contributed in the Helping Hands Ministry as well Stephen Ministry. Anyone in need could count on Josie for prayer, a listening ear or good food. Perhaps most importantly, Josie and Ed were “daily massers” at St Monica for 50 years.

She loved family and was a devoted mom to Anne and John and mother-in-law to Jamee and Lew. Her love overflowed with her little ones who called her Mimi. She cherished five grandkids: Scott, Mandy, Karen, Emily and Micah, and great grandmother to seven beautiful children: Cameron, Andrew, Mason, Emma, Keely, Connor and Anna Grace.


  • Visitation Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Rosary Thursday, November 1, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Friday, November 2, 2018

Mary Josephine Toogood

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Pat White

November 2, 2018

I know Josie will be missed by Anne and John and all her family. She was the rock that was the foundation for them all. I know they carry on her legacy. I have many fond memories of slumber parties at her house, a fabulous Christmas dinner of Yorkshire pudding and roast beef and so many other fun times. My prayers for all of you as you mourn her passing, but I know you're left with wonderful memories.

Kathy Broussard

November 2, 2018

Josie was better known as our “Jazzercise Queen,” a title she earned many years ago. We all said over and over through the years that we wanted to be just like her when we grew up.. She set the bar high, though, and we’re all still a work in progress. I learned many things about life from Josie ... things that will stay with me forever. She is a beautiful person inside and out and definitely one of a kind. She will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace, sweet Josie.