Josephine (Story) Behrens

Born: Thu., Aug. 15, 1935
Died: Wed., Mar. 5, 2014

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Mar. 18, 2014
Location: Vidalia Chapel

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Mrs. Josephine Anita Story Behrens, age 78, of Fort Pierce, FL died Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Broadmoor Assisted Living Facility of Fort Pierce after an extended illness.

Mrs. Behrens was an Attorney at Law who graduated from San Fernando Valley College of Law.  She formerly sat as Judge Pro Tem and was an Attorney for the Supreme Court of the United States of America where she served as an Assistant United States Attorney.  She was a past Secretary and Director of San Fernando Valley Women Lawyer’s Association; President of San Fernando Valley Alumni Association; and a former San Fernando Valley College Board Trustee.

She is preceded in death by her son, Robert Joseph Cooper in 1981, and her brother William Kenneth Story of Ft. Pierce in 2009 and special dear friend of over 20 years, Moreno “Papa Joe” Johansen.

Mrs. Behrens is survived by two daughters, Kathy Sharon Headley of Nampa, ID and Deborah Jean Fritton of Ft. Pierce, FL; one son, Gregory Raymond Behrens of Valencia, CA; one sister, Hazel Bliss of Longmont, CO; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Josephine Anita Story Behrens will be held Tuesday March 18, 2014 at 11 AM Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service Vidalia Chapel with Reverend Bucky Kennedy officiating.  Interment will follow in the Connell/Story Cemetery near Mt. Vernon.  

Stewart-Rosier Funeral Service of Vidalia is in charge of funeral arrangements.

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Carol Andrews
   Posted Fri March 14, 2014
Dear Kathy and Family...our deepest sympathies to you all. God be close to you as you celebrate her life and deal with her passing. Love you Kathy...Carol and Howard Andrews

Debbie Corona
   Posted Fri March 14, 2014
Dear Deb Randy and Family,

So very sorry for your words to express my deepest sympathies..

Rest In Beautiful Peace Ms Josephine...Will always remember your beautiful smile <3

Colleen Farrell
   Posted Sat March 15, 2014
To Debbie and family.....all my prayers and Love are with you and your family Deb as you celebrate your moms life and passing....all my love Colleen

Joy H. Lee-Story
   Posted Mon March 17, 2014
Deb, Greg, Sharon, and all your children, grandchldren -- I share your grief and send each of you deep sympathy at the loss of your Mother, and my dearly loved friend. There are few women in this world like your Mom -- mostly happy, always warm, opinionated, generous and filled with love for her children and grandchildren. How often I heard her brag to others about each of you. She was so proud of you three and your offspring; so very proud to be your mother, and their grandmother.

Hazel, you know how much she loved you and your children and grandchildren. Her love and loyalty for you all had no end. And I am proud that she loved me too. To have Josephine Behrens as a friend was to have someone who could be counted on, always.

How many visits, trips back-and-forth and up-and-down the country so that we could be together from time to time. And when together we were always always laughing, always loving each other, as you all know.

I have missed Jo these recent years during her illness. She is at rest now, and we can all count ourselves blessed to have spent some of our lives knowing her and treasuring the woman she was. May God bless her and keep her at peace in His arms. Joy

Joy Lee-Story
   Posted Mon March 17, 2014
Sent earlier.

Caroline Behrens
   Posted Mon March 17, 2014
How do I put in a few words the life of a woman who had such a profound influence in my life. I remember being introduced to Josphine as a young girl dating her son, Greg.
As any girl would be, I was nervous, but she greeted me with her delightful Southern drawl and hospitality. As I prepared to marry her son, she welcomed me into her family and gave us a wonderful reception with all the trimmings. I became ill with my first child and I remember her spending several nights by my bed side with Greg, while she made sure I had the best care. While she lived in California, I enjoyed being her daughter-in-law because she was a real mother to me in so many ways. She showed me how to become a stronger, more assertive woman. She gave me cooking lessons, although if you ask Greg, I still can't cook. She encouraged me to be a teacher which is the profession I have enjoyed for the last 26 years. She was a wonderful grandmother who enjoyed spoiling her grand kids. My daughters have treasured memories of Grandma Jo. Like myself, they both are becoming strong and assertive women because of mom's example and influence in their lives. Words can't express how much I will miss her. Mom knew how to throw a fun party, so I'm sure she will meet up with her passed friends and loved ones and have a great big party.

Love Caroline

Cookie Sharp
   Posted Tue March 18, 2014
So sorry about your loss. Jo was a friend to many and will be missed by all those who knew her. Take comfort in knowing that she is now at peace. May God bless you now and always.


Florence Davis
   Posted Tue March 18, 2014
Dear Debbie and Family
Your mother had many accomplishment's and I know you will miss her dearly, but remember she is out of pain and has earned her wing's and is in a much better place. I love you and pray you are ok.

Your friend always

   Posted Mon April 21, 2014
Deb and all who loved Jo. Although I knew Jo for many, many years, through Joy of couse, I think now how unfortunate it is that I never had enough one-on-one time with her to get to know her better. It seemed we were always rushing off for somewhere else when our paths would cross, like in Vegas, or San Francisco.... Hello, hello, see you soon, see you soon, bye bye. Just never enough time.
Looking at all the photos during her beautiful funeral service in Georgia brought back memories of the times I did have with her, and they were all 100% fun. She was strong-willed, full of life, and full of a ton of knowledge about, well, about just everything. She and Joy were very close and Joy feels Jo's loss deeply. I'll miss her, too. Maxie

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