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Josephine Highsmith

Josephine Highsmith, 90, of Topeka died Dec. 24, 2011, at Rolling Hills Health Center in Topeka.

She was born Nov. 10, 1921, in Topeka to George and Elsie Luscombe Nissen. She graduated from Topeka High School in 1941. She worked at Ripley’s Laundry and did baby-sitting from her home.

She married Boyd L. Highsmith on Sept. 22, 1941, in Topeka. They farmed near Marion. He preceded her in death on Dec. 10, 2007.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Neal G. Highsmith; a daughter, Nora Lee Porterfield; and a brother, Jackie Ross Nissen, who died at the age of 1.

Survivors include three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. today at Chapel Oaks Funeral Home in Holton. Burial will follow in Wetmore Cemetery. Family and friends will meet at 2 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Hospice and sent in care of Chapel Oaks Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1034, Holton, 66436.

Last modified Dec. 28, 2011

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