Born: December 5, 1932
Died: June 10, 2007
Corresponding Secretary for Angel-Hearts
Jo and I had originally met through a pet loss organization on the internet that neither of us really liked and we decided to leave that one. However the first day that we met on that chat room we knew that our meeting was not by accident and that God had brought us together for a reason. We immediately exchanged emails and instant messenger names and started talking every day to each other. We both knew that we had a friend for life. Later on we exchanged our phone numbers. With ever day that we talked we found more and more that we had in common. The losses that we had endured – both human and pet wise seemed to bring us even closer together. In between the first organization and Angel Hearts we were both involved with another group however we never felt that it was where we should really be. And too, during that time my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and I can remember Jo telling me that spending time with my mom was more important than trying to run an organization so I should give it up and take care of the one person in my life that really needed me. . . . .my mom. So I listened to my dear friend and I resigned as President and spent the last almost 6 months with mom taking her to the doctors, and making memories with her. Jo was right, I needed that time with my mom and mom needed me.
Even while I was at the other organization I was thinking of doing my own. However I wanted something where you could have memorials for both animals and humans. At the time I could not find anyplace on the internet for humans. After emailing Jo several times and talking with her she said that it would be a wonderful idea and then she asked the big question “Can I help you with the new one?” I told her that there was no way on earth that I could do it without her. So right then we started thinking of names for the organizations, I had already been thinking of some and she said that she loved Angel-Hearts and then she said that she wanted to do the cards if that was ok and if she did them well enough for me. I told her that what she did was wonderful and that I couldn’t find anyone better to do them for me.
Jo was with Josh and me from the beginning. She would give me ideas on maybe some things that we could do and we would add that to the list. But mainly she was in charge of the cards and she did a marvelous job of that job. She was so talented not only at how they looked but also at what she would write inside and say to people. She would get comments back from many people and that made her very happy. I told her about a week before she passed that she had no idea how many peoples lives that she had touched with her love, compassion, empathy, kindness and guidance through her cards and how many people kept her cards because of how beautiful they were and how much they had touched their hearts.
We are going to miss you Jo at Angel-Hearts because of all the love that you shared with everyone and because of everything that you did for me. There is no way that I will be able to make the type of cards that my dear friend made and sent out. There will always be an empty spot here because one of the original three is now gone here on earth but you will always be a part of our heart Jo and of course our lives.
Love and friends always, Nancy and Joshua Rodgers