Josephine 'Jo' Bertha Jarvis


Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2003

Kenai resident Josephine "Jo" Bertha Jarvis died Saturday, March 8, 2003, at Heritage Place in Soldotna. She was 75.

Memorial Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Mount Redoubt Baptist Church in North Kenai. Pastors Roy Moore and Lee Moore will officiate. Her ashes will be buried next to her husband on a family plot at a future date.

Mrs. Jarvis was born March 29, 1927, in Des Moines, Iowa. She married Jay Jarvis in 1960. In 1966, they came to Alaska with her husband's band to play in Anchorage. They heard a lot about Kenai, so they took an afternoon drive there, liked it and decided to stay. They played at the Hunger Hut, Lamplight, Pines and other places between North Kenai and Kenai. Later, they became postal carriers. They delivered mail from the Kenai Post Office to the North Road Post Office and also from box to box on the rural routes in North Kenai.

They bought The Place Bar in 1970 and operated it until they bought Larry's Club. They worked side by side in all aspects of running The Place.

Mrs. Jarvis and her husband lived on the North Road until her husband's health started to fail and they moved to Kenai into senior housing. Four years after her husband died, Mrs. Jarvis suffered a heart attack that left her with many special needs, and she was moved to Heritage Place until she died.

"She read her Bible daily and trusted in the Lord. Her church family was very important to her. She looked forward to her visits with the Rev. Roy Moore and her uplifting talks with Miss Barbara," her family said.

"She will be sorely missed by her family, friends and loved ones. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very special to her. She considered them her blessing. In her life she loved us all and never failed to show it, with her passing she lovingly said goodbye."

Mrs. Jarvis was preceded in death by her husband, Jay Jarvis; granddaughter, Hope Marie; sisters, Dorothy, Florence, Betty and Hazel; and brother, Johnny.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Deborah Charlesworth and Pamela and Bob Dominguez, all of North Kenai, and Patsy Ann and Ed Jones of Arkansas; grandchildren, Holly, Marc, Tanya, Todd, Carl Ray, Robert, Shanna, David, Jodie, Martin, Scott, Julie and Jessica; great-grandchildren, Azure, Alexandria, Adrianna, Christina, Tucker, Gage, Heather, Totianna, Orie, Rebecca, Michael and Kaleb; nieces and nephews Joan, Lee Andrew, Robert, John, Sharon, Suzanne, Linda, Randy, Jack, Jerry, Keith, Marietta, Charles, Mayn, Lee, William, Marilyn, Jerry, Donna, Daniel, David and James, and all of their families; and lifelong friends, Dorisgene Plant, Sue Mosher and Carrie Humphrey.

Flowers and-or donations can be made to Mount Redoubt Baptist Church.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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