Josephine Sheffield, 91, died January 13, with family and friends surrounding her with love. \nJozie was born in Lewiston, Idaho, the only child of Robert and Amelia (Daubert) Gumaer. Jozie and her mother moved frequently for work after her father died, and only once did she get to attend the same school for more than a year. \n\nIn 1942, Jozie was at Roosevelt High School in Seattle where she met her future husband, Thomas Sheffield. She said he looked cute in corduroy pants and had a slide rule on his belt, so she knew he was smart. After Tom returned from the Pacific during WWII, they married on August 19, 1946, in Seattle. \n\nWhen Tom completed his degree, he offered to get a job so that Jozie could finish hers. Instead, Jozie and Tom moved to Detroit, Michigan. Tom attended graduate school at the Cranbook Academy of Art, and Jozie worked in a library. After graduation, Tom accepted a job at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jozie read about Nebraska in an encyclopedia and decided she could live there. \n\nAfter raising their three children, Jozie went back to college to become a school librarian. Jozie was grateful that Nebraska Wesleyan University accepted her 15 year-old credits from the University of Washington, allowing her to earn her bachelor's degree in 1967. \n\nJozie was a media specialist for almost 30 years with Lincoln Public Schools. She worked at Calvert, Zeman, and Sheridan schools. She enjoyed her job and earning her own paycheck, which she said was a secret to her long and happy marriage of 67 years. \nJozie loved her house and the life she built in Lincoln. She valued her independence and never stopped learning and reading. She had many beloved friends, including former students. She was an avid supporter of the arts in Lincoln and was an active member in the UNL Women's Club and the Heritage League. \n\nShe is preceded death by her parents; her devoted husband, Thomas P. Sheffield; and her dear son Mark C. Sheffield. Jozie is survived by her son TJ Sheffield; daughter Mary Raiford (Phil); and three grandchildren, Kate Raiford, Will Raiford, and Julia Sheffield. \n\nA memorial service will be held in February.