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JoDee Herschend

1944 ~ 2018 (age 74)

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Herschend Enterprises co-owner JoDee Herschend.  JoDee passed away on Sunday, November 25 surrounded by her loving family following a courageous 24-year battle against cancer.  She was deeply loved by her family, friends and thousands of Herschend employees blessed to know her.

JoDee Remien was born in Fort Rucker, Alabama to her parents, Evelyn and Harold Remien.  She grew up in Springfield, Missouri where she attended Parkview High School and earning her BA from Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State University). 

JoDee married Peter Herschend  on June 25, 1966  at Christ Church, Episcopal,  in Springfield.  Over the next 50+ years they worked together to build Herschend Enterprises and raise five children.

Beyond her work with the family, JoDee founded The Caring People, an international ministry to single mothers. More than two decades after its founding, The Caring People has grown to serve single moms in more than 30 locations in four states and in Central America. 

A long-time resident of Branson Missouri, JoDee and Peter invested time and treasure in a wide range of ministries and projects at the local, national and international levels including Acts 29, Episcopal World Missions, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. JoDee and Peter helped establish Sigma House, a drug rehabilitation center in Branson, and the Ozark Food Harvest.

JoDee Herschend was an incredible woman of God, whose faithfulness was contagious and inspiring.  Her legacy is survived by her Husband, Peter, Sons- Jonn, Chris & Jacob Herschend and Daughters- Sarah Moore and Anne E. McGregor.  Along with her children she has 13 grandchildren with an additional two arriving any day now.

A celebration of life is scheduled for Monday, December 3, 2018 at 11am at James River Church in Ozark, MO.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in JoDee’s memory to The Caring People.

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