Josephine "Jo" Buck Hayslip died April 19, 2005, in Concord, N.H. She was 75.
Jo was born Dec. 26, 1929, in Burlington, Vt., to Willis R. "Junie" Buck and Minerva Kidder Buck. She graduated from Burlington High School in 1947 and from the University of Vermont in 1951.
With a growing family, she moved to Pennsylvania, where she taught English and earned a master's degree in education at Temple University. She moved to the Plymouth, N.H., area with her family and taught in the Ashland Public School. She earned an advanced degree in guidance and counseling from Boston University.
She then moved to Littleton, N.H., where she worked as a guidance director before becoming a career development consultant with the New Hampshire Department of Education. Her last professional achievement was completing the doctoral program at Vanderbilt University's George Peabody College and joining the faculty at Plymouth State College as a counselor educator. She retired in 1994. Subsequent residences included Lakeport, N.H., and Concord, N.H.
Jo carried her lifelong interest in teaching and career development into retirement, during which she worked with organizations and agencies in career development training seminars. She was a charter member of the New Hampshire Woman's Lobby and continued her interest in the lobby's efforts. She volunteered at the Payson Cancer Care Center in the Joan K. Farrel Cancer Resource Library.
Jo enjoyed traveling, reading, politics, skiing, talking and listening. She was a tireless advocate for women, children and the disadvantaged. She was a reluctant assistant gardener, but a good sport about it. She was a terrific grandmother.
Jo was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Ellwyn F. Hayslip, who died March 19, 2004.
She is survived by her two sons, Ellwyn "Skip" Hayslip Jr. of Canterbury, N.H., and Steven M. Hayslip of Steamboat Springs; two grandsons, Ellwyn Hayslip IV and Graham Hayslip; a sister, Clara Buck of Washington; a cousin, Barbara Preston Norton of Virginia; and a special niece, Laurie Phillips of Rhode Island.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Jo's name to CRVNA Hospice House, PO Box 1797, Concord, NH 03302, or to a charity of one's choice.