Harriet Jo Hoyt Rogers
Born: 1/6/1934, New York, New York
.Jo was born on January 6, 1934 in New York. Her parents were Dr. Anson and Amy Hoyt. They moved to California in 1936, due to her Mother’s health. In her youth, Jo enjoyed spending her summers horseback riding at her family’s ranch in Bondurant, Wyoming and taking the train to visit her grandparents in Connecticut.
Jo’s brother Bill was in the Air Force, stationed in Alaska and suggested that his friend, Jim Daniel, send her a letter. Jo and Jim had the opportunity to meet in person a year later, and fell in love. They were married September 10, 1955. They made their home in Manhattan Beach, California and had three children, Lauren, Thomas and Allison.
In 1974, Jo and Jim were divorced. She later met her second husband, Jim Rogers, and married in 1977. She said she had some of the best adventures of her life, during this time. They lived in Ashdown, Arkansas until she moved to Moab in 1984.
With the help of her daughter Lauren, and son in law Jeffrey, opened Guido’s, a Sicilian style pizzeria located where Miguel’s is today. She developed many lasting friendships here and when working at La Hacienda. In 2003, she retired due to health reasons.
After retirement, Jo enjoyed spending her days with her family, playing games, laughing, and having her dog, Oscar, by her side. Once a week, she would have her hair done, by Michelle Tomburello, for close to 30 years. It was something she looked forward to, and loved doing.
Jo enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. They were most important in her life. She would do anything to make them happy.
Jo spent her “social” time at Moab Regional with weekly wound care visits and doctors appointments. She developed close friendships with Anita Keogh, Mel Sakrison, and Dr. Ken Williams. She treasured those close and special friendships towards the end of her life.
Jo is survived by her daughters, Lauren (Jeffrey) Davis of Moab and Allison (Jeremy) Glasoe of Grand Junction, Co; 6 grandchildren and 10 great children. She is preceded in death by her parents,her son Thomas, and husband’s, Jim and Jim #2.
A celebration of her life will be held on a date yet to be determined.
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