OBITUARY

Josephine Sabina Scott

December 28, 1957December 25, 2020

With a heavy heart, we share the passing of Josephine Sabina Scott, age 62, of Loveland, Colorado. Josephine passed away on Friday, December 25, 2020.

Throughout Josephine's childhood, her nicknames were Jo or Jody, but through her adulthood she enjoyed having the nickname Josie. She was very spiritually motivated, a very devout Christian, but as a feminist and a soldier in the fight for equality for everyone, she remained non-denominational. She lived by Christ's words "Love thy neighbor as thy self."

As a wife and mother, Josie was always central in developing her family's dreams and goals, and she relished in the guidance and emotional support she gave throughout her daughter's upbringing. Her spirituality inspired her as a musician and music lover. She had an excellent singing voice and could accompany herself on acoustic guitar. Her eclectic taste in music included pop, folk, classical, Christian, international folk, showtunes, and movie soundtracks. Her travel playlist included tunes like "Teach your children" and "Woodstock" by CSNY, "Six String Orchestra" and "30, 000 pounds of Bananas" by Harry Chapin, "Rocky Mountain High", "Poems, Prayers, and Promises", and "Rhymes and Reasons" by John Denver, and "All I want to do" and "Soak up the sun" by Sheryl Crow, to name just a few. She was also a big progressive-rock fan, and Bob Dylan-type, "social change" music was also essential to her musical taste.

Her spiritualism included a drive to connect with nature by being outdoors, either gardening, hiking, biking, canoeing, or just walkin' in the sun. Of course, traveling as well, with her heart ever bringing her back to the mountains of Colorado.

She had an insatiable thirst for knowledge that went well beyond the academia of the Masters Degree she earned. She had to know the most about everything that touched her life, from wildflowers, wildlife, and anything in nature, to mortgage contracts, rental agreements, and anything related to financial planning. She was extremely well-versed in all things regarding political and social structures.

Josie had a huge wanderlust, always wanting to see what was around the next bend. She enjoyed ANY mode of travel, planes, trains, and automobiles, traveled most of the TransCanada Highway, and has visited all lower-48 contiguous United States. She even got to visit some of western Europe via river and ocean cruises.

She had a passion for writing since childhood. It was vital to both her personal and professional lives. She documented her experiences with blogs of her travels and challenges. Professionally, she was a news reporter, technical writer, legal and technical "laymen terms" writer, and also a presentation and instructional writer.

She approached everything passionately, especially in her professional life. Her mentoring approach to professional success was essential to her own. She was always extremely grateful to anyone that mentored her, and just as grateful to anyone that she mentored. She had many successes in her career. One of her most rewarding moments, as an Election Official, is best captured in Josie's own words: "While helping a former felon understand his right to resume his voting rights within society, he began to weep. I wrote and faxed a letter to his parole office nearly on the spot, confirming his right to vote. Yet his tears stay with me, even now, as I know that he'd been revalidated as a human being by just a little kindness and the power of our Constitution. I did much for the Bureau, and my successor found me and asked how I managed to do so much -- but none of the work compared to moments like that." Josie's elections career was crowned by her single-handedly administering the 1996 Electoral College for Michigan, certifying Bill Clinton as President for a second term. Later, during her User Experience roles, she was sought after globally as an expert in the software product "Morae". She was also proud and appreciative of her involvement in the UPA Organization, helping to improve objective testing protocols.

In remembrance of Josie, she would be best immortalized by knowing that the people she touched pay the love she shared forward to others. In the words of Merrit Malloy: "When I die / Give what's left of me away / To children / And old men that wait to die. / And if you need to cry, / Cry for your brother / Walking the street beside you. / And when you need me, / Put your arms / Around anyone / And give them / What you need to give to me. / I want to leave you something, / Something better / Than words / Or sounds. / Look for me / In the people I've known / Or loved, / And if you cannot give me away, / At least let me live on in your eyes / And not in your mind. / You can love me most / By letting / Hands touch hands, / By letting bodies touch bodies, / And by letting go / Of children / That need to be free. / Love doesn't die, / People do. / So, when all that's left of me / Is love, / Give me away."

Josie is survived by her husband Brian Selke, daughter Brianna, and her loving sister, Col. Joy Shasteen (ret. USAF).

To pay Josie's love forward, or in lieu of flowers, please make contributions in her name to her favorite charities: Rocky Mountain Conservancy: rmconservancy.org The National Parks Foundation: nationalparks.org Metavivor (Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness, Research & Survivor Support): metavivor.org Breast Cancer Research Foundation: bcrf.org

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Carol Collini

April 10, 2021

I find myself writing this memory because I went to Josie’s facebook page today. I guess I was just missing her wisdom. I never actually had the pleasure of meeting Josie in person. I deeply regret that. Josie friended me online one day because of a political post I had made and I think likely because we had a couple of mutual online friends . I immediately saw how brilliant she was and if I’m being honest I also took a bit of pride in the fact that someone as brilliant as Josie had appreciated and liked my post enough to friend me over it. I admired her a great deal. Such wisdom, brilliance, humility, grace, kindness, and compassion in all of her writings, and all while she herself was battling a deadly disease. She became a sort of personal hero of mine. I never told her she was my hero because I didn’t want to seem like an online stalker . I wish I had told her though because she deserved to know how admired she was. When I was diagnosed with MS I would find myself looking for Josies post’s first, for her strength, wisdom, humor, and her amazing ability to just keep moving forward no matter how heavy her burden was or how massive the obstacles were in front of her. I cannot begin to imagine how great the pain of losing Josie must be for her family and friends, especially if she is still missed this much by somebody like myself who never even met her. Thank you Josie Scott for friending me and for helping to restore my faith in humanity. Know that you are greatly missed by all who were blessed enough to have come into contact with your beautiful soul. Godspeed sweet, brilliant Josie, Godspeed.

Keith Instone

February 26, 2021

Some of Josie's colleagues created this tribute to her work: https://michiganuxpa.org/2021/02/24/josie-scott-memorial/

Donna Cullen

February 24, 2021

Josie became a friend through "Inspire" - an online discussion site. Her clear, heavily researched, and open sharing about the disease and treatments for metastatic breast cancer endeared her. As a researcher and technical writer in my own right, recognizing Josie's body of work as both an impeccable chronicle of her journey and a very personal diary of the innermost thoughts she developed for the disease, the treatments, and when called for, the absurdity of life with a disease that impacted so many while gaining so little traction in the world of research funding. Later reading commentary on travel, elections and politics, Josie impressed anew. The humanity and feistiness ever present. My sincere condolences to all who knew and loved her best, thankful that her light shines brightest for you. Donna (Owlgram) Cullen

Susan Chopra

February 7, 2021

I am so grateful to have met Josie at Compuware. While we were on different product lines, we both shared a passion for usability. Josie became a mentor and a friend. Despite our time together at Compuware being short, I learned so much from her - not just about usability, but about life as well. Thank you, Josie!

Caroline Jarrett

February 7, 2021

I knew Josie mainly from her years in user experience, mostly at the time when she was helping to improve tools (notably Morae) that folks like me used in their work.

We met occasionally at conferences, and often "met" online where we exchanged plenty of email messages, mostly on professional topics.

Josie was always cheerful, professional, and dedicated to making people's lives easier and better.

Farewall Josie and thank you for your service.

Jerome Ryckborst

February 6, 2021

Brian, I met you the once, when you drove up to Vancouver. Briana, I know you only from your mom's stories. In her last email to me she mentioned her pride in you, Briana – I could see her humble and content sense of ease about you on your path of independence and self-knowledge.

You've made her happy.

In the coming tough times and joyous times – for there will be joy, too – I hope you feel supported by the knowledge that she would have wanted to be there with you in person.

Carol Smith

January 17, 2021

I was one of Josie's user experience conference friends - we would share a laugh and catch up at events around the country. It was always a joy to see her smile and more recently it was great to keep up via social media. She made our profession a better place to be.

Cynthia Kruczynski - Horner

January 16, 2021

To our dearest friend from school years and beyond, we made a point to meet every Christmas and some lucky funs times in between. Caring, loving, beautiful, wise, wordly, thoughtful, and such a strong willed woman. I admired her so much in her long battle. Will miss you so much Josie!

Eleanor Parry

January 15, 2021

I never met Josephine, I knew her through the social media site Counter.social. Every post she made was full of Peace and enthusiasm for life.

We both love the outdoors and I would enjoy the photos she posted of her area and would respond to the photos I shared of the UK.

I especially enjoyed the photos she share of the Texas Poppy Festival.

Barbara Walkush

January 14, 2021

Josie was a "fighter", fighting cancer. She was also one of the most caring of people focusing on others and their needs even while she had her own health battles. She was an inspiration to me. She also always made me feel so special whenever we were together. The world has lost "a great one". She will be missed but her impact will always remain in my heart and in the hearts of all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers for the loved ones she left behind--Brian and Brianna

FROM THE FAMILY