Jo Ellen Keith
September 01, 1945 - September 08, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 12:49 PM
I met Jo over 40 years ago through Coni, a college classmate. I recall that when visiting their apartment in SF, I noticed that Jo had quite an extensive rock & geode collection, which I thought rather strange! Later, when informed of her background and position at Standard Oil, it all made perfect sense! I feel so fortunate to have had my life path cross with Jo's. She was intelligent, witty and had the most hardy laugh! Jo had a lust for life and a thrist for adventure. Just sharing a meal with Jo was a major event - she savored every bite, and we could always count on our feast to be seasoned with plenty of laughter and colorful discussions.
Jo was one strong woman, I admired her fortitude. She had many challenges, but never, never gave up! She always pushed through to experience as much of this life's journey as she could. I will miss her laughter, her intellect, her very creative way of dressing, and her dear friendship, but Heaven has gained a very beautiful soul!
Sandy Patterson (Santa Ana, CA)
Monday, October 23, 2017 3:16 PM
I met Coni & Jo Ellen at "Music & Market" Series at "Todos Santos" Park in the summer of 2011 Jo Ellen was a very Caring & Loving Lady who always had a smile on her face I will miss her greatly RIP Jo Ellen. I Love You!!!
Linda Goodman (Concord, CA)
Sunday, October 15, 2017 5:12 PM
I always admired Jo Ellen’s passion for life and travel. Jo could drive a few hours just to see one thing she had read about and make an adventure out of thin air! She loved life. My deepest condolences dear Coni, it’s not going to be easy to continue your journey, but try to find strength in your memories. With all my love, Tina
Tina Vengrinovich (Fremont, CA)
Sunday, October 15, 2017 12:27 PM
I knew Jo Ellen my entire life. Yes, I am Jo's younger brother (by 3-1/2 years). As you can imagine, I have a great many memories of Jo Ellen, mostly good (as good as can be growing up in the shadow of a wiser, more mature older sister). ;-) Although I'm sure she found having me as a brother challenging at times (we seemed to live on different planets), she was always thoughtful and overly generous to me, my parents and others as well (that goes for her lifelong friend, Coni, too). I don't know how she remained so happy, carefree and outgoing, what with all of her nearly life-long medical and health challenges, but she managed to pull it off in spades.
Dear sister, I love your memory and cherish the good times we had. You are greatly missed by all who knew you.
Alan Keith (Forestville, CA)
Friday, October 13, 2017 9:40 PM
I met Jo Ellen at our Bechtel lunches a number of years ago and always enjoyed hearing about her trips. I will remember her laughter and her enjoyment for life even when her heath was declining. She was a fighter. Will miss her at our lunches. With deepest sympathy.
Patricia Conran (San Francisco, CA)
Friday, October 13, 2017 3:36 PM
Jo Ellen will be missed by many people. She was my sister-in-law and although I didn't see her as often as I liked, I always enjoyed spending time with both her and Coni. I will always remember her joy for life. She dressed creatively, told fun stories about events she had been to, and had that amazing laugh, which was contagious! Jo was a very giving person and always looked on the bright side of life. Her positive energy is a loss to all of us.
Susan Keith (Mountain View, CA)
Thursday, October 12, 2017 10:54 PM
Although I only met Jo Ellen a few times, her sparkling smile and sense of fun stood out. I am happy to have met Jo Ellen. She leaves behind a legacy of happiness.
Brenda Goldstein (San Francisco, CA)
Thursday, October 12, 2017 8:42 PM
I am indeed very fortunate to have met Jo Ellen through Coni by way of a van pool rideshare program. I was immediately taken under their wing and taken to places and experiences that I will always treasure. I was always amazed at the zest for doing, going and living they shared in common. Jo Ellen was always warm and caring to me from the moment I met her. She had a fantastic laugh and a smile to light up a room. I will always remember the trips to Tahoe, the antique auctions, movies at the Paramont Theater, craft faires and music concerts. I will miss her dearly. Thank you for being a large part of my life. My deepest sympathy to her family and friends. Rest in peace Jo Ellen.
Bonnie Douglas (Bay Point, CA)
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 9:55 PM
Jo Ellen was an inspiration to me with her precious gift of life. I often think I'm getting my Jo Ellen on, when I'm wearing a colorful outfit.I met her with Coni when they brought Coni's Mother to our Alzheimers Group. I so looked forward to our visits at the end of the day and the support that Coni and Jo Ellen showed me. I loved the way they problem solved with the difficult task of caregiving. Not only that, they made it fun. Yes, I'm a better person for having known Jo Ellen. I will miss her.I will miss her creative energy and the wisdom she shared during our visits.Hang in there Coni. I send my hug to you today. You guys were Lucy and Ethel.My condolences to all her friends and family.
Margaret Brostrom (Oil City, PA)
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 7:41 PM
My late husband and I were most fortunate to meet Jo Ellen and Coni on a cruise many years ago. He and I fell for them immediately for many reasons. The main two reasons are, they did not act like many people do, when realizing my husband and I were a mixed couple, older couple. Second reason we immediately loved them, they were just really, really nice, delightful people. We kept our friendship all these years. Jo Ellen , and Coni, even picked us up once in San Francisco, in a convertible, and took us to dinner. Jo Ellen's photos always delighted and intrigued me. Many of their trip photos had me believing that I had been with them. Lovely, beautiful, talented woman who shall be missed and, who, had a fantastic caregiver. Love you, Coni.
Dorace Peters (Sebastian, FL)