Josephine G. Couron was born March 19, 1932 in Kirkintilloch, Scotland. She was raised by her beloved grandmother and lived with her until she was 25. During her time in Scotland, she had classical piano lessons in Glasgow and she carried her love for classical music throughout her life. When she was 25, she wanted to come to America and her family felt she needed someone to come over with her so they arranged a marriage for her and she came to Hayward, Calif. She had two children in this marriage: Annamarie Crainie and Norman Cranie. This marriage ended in divorce. In 1978 she married Ellis (Bud) Couron and moved to their Cave Junction country home.
While in Hayward, Josephine worked in the hospital kitchen in the baking department. She also was kitchen crew at Junction Inn, Illinois Valley Golf Course, La Casita in Grants Pass and the Elks in Grants Pass. She made the best sandwiches and was generous with the ingredients. She was an excellent baker as well and would always bring “baked goodies” to gatherings. She retired at age 76.
In 1980, she took private painting classes and found she was especially talented with oil painting. She would paint all things, but her favorite and specialty was roses. She also loved gardening and had beautiful roses that still exist today. In 2012, Mr. Couron died.
Josephine is survived by her son Norman, daughter Annamarie, grandsons Jesse and William, granddaughter Gabrielle and her companion since 2013, Zac Chaghatzbanian. She will be greatly missed but her spirit will live on in all of us whose lives she touched. The family wishes to thank Asante hospice for the time they spent with Josephine and the care they gave during the final moments of her amazing life.