Josephine L. Tavis


Josephine L. Tavis, age 94, passed away on December 26, 2019, in Loveland, CO. She was born in Mandan, ND, in 1925. Jo earned her RN degree from Bismarck Hospital School of Nursing in 1945, where she continued to work. She was married to Edward (Bob) Tavis, Mandan, ND, in 1947.

Jo spent many years raising six children and doing the accounting for Tavis Candy Co. before returning to her nursing career at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Dickinson. She was a member of First Congregational Church and P.E.O. International. She volunteered at St. Luke’s Nursing Home and with the American Cancer Society. Jo also loved to play bridge, read, and crochet, winning ribbons for her afghans. She moved to Rapid City, SD, in 2009, and in 2018 relocated to Loveland, CO.

Jo is survived by her children Cheri Aasmundstad, Longmont, CO; Leslie Lipp (Ken), Rapid City, SD; Lynn Wolf (Jim) Detroit Lakes, MN; Marcie Baesler (Larry, deceased)Chandler, AZ; Robert Tavis (Margaret) Oakdale, MN; Todd Tavis (Gena) Carrolton, TX; eighteen grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service and burial will be held later in the spring.

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