ForeverMissed
Josephine Sumers Lafferty, dedicated and loving daughter to Pie and Rick Lafferty, loving sister to Cash, Briana, and Richard Lafferty passed away on Friday, June 18th, 2021.

Josie had been on an introspective journey that took her to the heart of the Sonoran Desert.  There she found the majestic beauty of what is called "the hidden jewel of Arizona", Apache Lake.  She had recently begun working as a guest liaison at the Marina and was excited for her next chapter of life.  While exploring her new surroundings in the canyons of the national forest she regretfully underestimated the intensity of the 118-degree heat in the summer of Arizona.  We were met with the news on Saturday, June 19th, that Josie had untimely succumbed to the heat and died from dehydration and heat exhaustion.

The pain of her loss is unfathomable and difficult to express - so we invite you all to please join us in remembering her.  Remembering her beauty, laughter, kindness, genuineness, honesty, vivaciousness, fearlessness, and most of all the care and love she gave to all around her.

Please feel free to add your sentiments, comments, memories, pictures, videos, thoughts, to this forever site - we will always keep it up and alive just as Josie will always be alive in our hearts. 

"We must eradicate from the soul all fear and terror of what comes towards us out of the future. We must acquire serenity in all feelings and sensibilities concerning the future. We must look forward with absolute equanimity to all that may come, and we must think only that whatever comes is given to us by a world direction full of wisdom. It is part of what we must learn in this age, namely, to live out of pure trust in the ever-present help of the spiritual world. Truly nothing else will do if our courage is not to fail us. Let us discipline our will and let us seek the awakening within ourselves every morning and every evening." Rudolph Steiner
The Lafferty Family
Posted by Brenda Tietze on July 23, 2021
I take comfort in knowing Josie’s is continuing on in her spiritual journey
Posted by Rachel Frederico on July 14, 2021
You came to me in a dream the other night. It was so great to see you and talk with you again. I found myself wanting to stay in that dream so much longer. missing you
Posted by Angela Hanna on July 5, 2021
Josie now knows, no more fear, pain, loneliness or disappointment.
However, I am glad I took the time to spend some very special precious moments with her.
I am thankful for the insights and laughter we shared. Plus, the tears and hugs of two out of place souls.
Thank you
Ms. Josephine

To all who had the pleasure of meeting her, I send love, hugs and caring.
Let's help like she would want and make the world aware that no one is a leverite.
It's ok to be you.
Angela
Posted by Katie Higgins on July 3, 2021
To the Lafferty Family,

Unexpected loss is never easy to process. As I reflect on the news of Josie leaving this world I am feeling overwhelming waves of sadness and loss. Josie and I met about 20 years ago when we started working at Bourbon St Cafe in OKC. She was friends with so many, but her little group at BSC was Katie, Summer, Clay and Ritchie. She and I were fast friends as I imagine she was with so many others. Josie had a light in her and a way with people that was just magnetic. I was typically a pretty shy person and always tended to gravitate to more outgoing people. & Josie was definitely that. We had so much fun working at Bourbon St. and exploring OKC after our shifts at night. We all were attending school at OU & working as well. I was always so impressed with how well she was able to balance it all continuing to work close to full time and finish her degree. She was one of those people who could multitask and handle many responsibilities. She was a high achiever and very driven. I on the other hand was starting to struggle balancing it all and began making some pretty poor life decisions but Josie never once pushed me away or shamed me for any of this. She was a tried and true friend through it all. In 2001 I found out I was pregnant and moved back to Tulsa with my mom. Shortly after my son was born I brought him with me to OKC to visit with Josie and Katie. This is one of my favorite memories. Josie and Katie both started singing opera to Brady. He was only a month or two old at the time and he was not impressed with the singing. We all giggled and just thoroughly enjoyed his reaction. They both made me feel nothing but love and acceptance during that visit. Josie and I have off and on touched base over the past two decades. But not nearly like we should have. She called me out of the blue a few years ago and we spoke for about an hour just catching up on all that life had thrown our way at that point. 

I will be praying for peace and comfort for your family. This loss is just too much to bear. My older brother passed away in a work accident shortly after the ice storm in Tulsa in 2007. So my heart goes out to you as siblings. She spoke of all of you so often. I know that she loved each of you dearly. And I can’t even begin to fathom the loss of a child. I remember when I found out I was pregnant she told me stories of how her mom used to ride horses and smoke cigarettes when she was pregnant with Josie. And she reassured me that my baby was gonna be just fine. He is now 19 and off at college. I will forever cherish my memories of Josie. The fiery full of life redheaded friend of mine who had a heart bigger than anyone I’ve ever met. She was passionate, kind, fun loving, a killer sense of humor and had a love for life that was contagious. I just want to thank you all for sharing her with us and letting us get to know your sweet Josie.

Deepest regrets,

Jenn Osborn
Posted by Tim Mara on June 27, 2021
My wife Jan and I met Josie in Quartzite AZ 2 years ago at the big tent RV show. Just brousing new RV's met Josie and quickly felt we had made a real friend. We spent nearly 2 hours then with her and her friend Mike just talking about ..well, everything,especially her family she loved so much. Later met again and shared a dinner and a few more brief meetings while there. Left knowing we had a new true friend. I had a few messages while she was on her discovery journey where she always responded with love and joy. I only learned of her passing from one of her friends Rachel Frederico on facebook. My heart was pained and we since said our prayers that she knew and had accepted her father in Heaven and she may now be in his book of life and in his loving arms. Our deepest true sympathies go out to her family and I know many friends. May God bless you all as well and give you peace and comfort.
Tim ( and Jan) Mara
Posted by Paula Landes on June 26, 2021
I didn’t know Josie very long but in the short time I learned just how beautiful Josie was not only on the outside but on the inside. Josie had a contagious laugh and loved to make others around her feel warm and welcomed and had a way about bringing a smile to your face. She always talked about her family and how much she loved them. I could tell from the first time I spoke to her just how full her heart was filled with love. She loved the outdoors and love meeting new people. I’m so honored to have met Josie before she passed and I know she she was at peace and loved life.
Posted by Briana Dominguez on June 26, 2021
When I think of Josie I think of someone with incredible wit, a great laugh, capacity for joy, and fiercely loyal. Josie formed strong bonds that lasted many years. She loved her family and I think they were the most important thing to her. Josie was an energy force that drew people in and kept people laughing and wanting more. My heart goes out to her family and all those close to her. I know she is in a better place and hopefully has found peace. I know everyone that knew her has great stories to tell of their times with Josie.

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Posted by Brenda Tietze on July 23, 2021
I take comfort in knowing Josie’s is continuing on in her spiritual journey
Posted by Rachel Frederico on July 14, 2021
You came to me in a dream the other night. It was so great to see you and talk with you again. I found myself wanting to stay in that dream so much longer. missing you
Posted by Angela Hanna on July 5, 2021
Josie now knows, no more fear, pain, loneliness or disappointment.
However, I am glad I took the time to spend some very special precious moments with her.
I am thankful for the insights and laughter we shared. Plus, the tears and hugs of two out of place souls.
Thank you
Ms. Josephine

To all who had the pleasure of meeting her, I send love, hugs and caring.
Let's help like she would want and make the world aware that no one is a leverite.
It's ok to be you.
Angela
her Life

Josie's Memorial Service (8/14/2021 in Pagosa Springs)

Memorial service will be open to all who would like to share in Josie's memory with us on August 14th, 2021 in Pagosa Springs, Colorado
  • We will be meeting at the River Walk Inn in the back of the hotel at 11 am 
  • We'll walk to the river together following a paved sidewalk path 
  • We'll spread some of Josie's ashes and share our stories & thoughts 
  • Reception will follow at Kip's 

Born

Josie was born in Tulsa, Ok Decemebr 14th, 1979 

Middle School Years

Josie attended Marquette Catholic School from 1986-1993
Recent stories
Shared by Katie Higgins on July 3, 2021
During the year that I studied abroad, we would write the longest letters back and forth describing all the silly small details of what was happening in our lives and making each other laugh even though we were half a world apart - you would write to me using your code name 'Boris' and I would write to you as 'Natasha'. Sometimes we'd even send pictures along like this one - that is until we got smart enough to figure out how email worked. During those college years, we were each other's rocks and I am so grateful for the joy that you brought to my life.
Shared by Katie Higgins on July 3, 2021
Oh man Jos where can I even start with our stories?  From goofing off in the freshman dorms to goofing off during our shows & rehearsals to goofing off during our shifts (there was a span of 4 or 5 years when we forced employers to hire us as a package deal), there are just too many stories to count.  One thing always remained constant though - if we were together then we were having a good time.  No one could 'break the ice' in an awkward situation like Josie could and no one could make me laugh so hard.  If I try to put our friendship into words, I guess kindred spirits might be one way to describe it
Shared by Rachel Frederico on July 2, 2021
Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I and you are you
Whatever we were to each other
That we still are
Call me by my old familiar name
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used
Put no difference into your tone
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed
At the little jokes we always enjoyed together
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effect
Without the ghost of a shadow on it
Life means all that it ever meant
It is the same as it ever was
There is absolutely unbroken continuity
What is death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind
Because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you at an interval
Somewhere very near
Just around the corner
All is well.
Henry Scott Holland