Mother and Grandmother Jo Ellen Fuhrman, known to many for her determination and unfailing wit and kindness, passed away due to colon cancer on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.  She was 87 years young when the angels beckoned.

She was born Jo Ellen Lottridge on September 8, 1934 and raised in midwestern locales until her family found California in 1951.  After graduating high school, Jo attended the University of Colorado, Boulder where she met husband Glenn; the couple returned to California for Glenn’s military service, and it was there the family started to grow.  Sons Stephen Carl (Abbie) and Roger Glenn (Monica) were born in California; after a return to Boulder in the early 1960s, sons Eric Paul (Becky) and Kurt Michael (Judy) joined the brood/march/platoon/force (pick your favorite).

The family relocated to Delta, CO where Jo served Delta County for years as an office administrator, a reporting transcriber and court bailiff; she eventually built a private transcribing business that she continued for several years after retiring from her County position.  She also saw her family members through ongoing life adjustments, including her sons’ college adventures, her sons’ marriages, the arrival of grandchildren (a total of eleven) and all of life’s other twists and turns.  Through it all, one constant remained:  Jo’s companionship and sense of humor were invaluable to all of us and her extended families at Windsor Gardens and Corbin Manor.  We’re grateful to all friends and family that have shared the adventure with Jo.  If you are inclined to make a gift in her memory, we’d suggest a local pet shelter or the American Cancer Society.  And Jo would be reminding all of us to keep looking on the humorous side of the clouds along the way.

You are welcome to join us for a life celebration for Jo beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 23, 2022 at Roots Restaurant, 1200 Miramonte Street in Broomfield, CO.

4 thoughts on “Jo Ellen Fuhrman”

  1. Jo. A lifelong friend, a fount of all things Humor, a solid presence in the midst of chaos. Oh, and I forgot … the ultimate connoisseur of ice cream and popcorn. I will miss her availability for a “day out,” but she’s certainly claimed a place in my head and will be “called up” when a bit of levity will save my day. She was – and remains – a great gift to my life.

  2. Jo had a laugh that still brings a smile to my face. She was such a can-do person with a sense of humor to match. Who didn’t look forward to seeing the latest witty saying on her infamous board outside her condo? You will be missed, my friend, but never forgotten. You brought such joy to all the members of the Gilbertson family who had the good fortune to meet you!

  3. We sure enjoyed our many outings with Jo and our Uncle Art, especially trips to Marie Callendar’s pies. We can see her holding hands with Uncle Art and laughing at all his jokes (Jo was most polite)! She was always so upbeat. When she got laid up on a trip to California she made the most of it and rallied to the joy of her supporters, Jack and Jerry. Her bright eyes saw everything and she always had a compliment to share.
    They don’t make ‘‘em like Jo very often. So glad we California Gilbertsons had a chance to know her.

  4. Sid and I were waiting for Jo’s Christmas card so this news came as a real shock especially since we had hoped to see her in May as our granddaughter is getting married in Boulder. If any of Jo’s family would like to know more about the gal I met in high school latin class and the personalities and hospitality of her droll, Welsh, midwestern family, her life in California including her wedding and
    Glenn’s family , I would look forward to hearing about Jo’s life and interests. I am certain we all feel this loss very deeply, Renee Eder

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