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“Bill and all of the family. I love you. In a short period of time Josephine became one of the best friends of my life. There is an empty space in my...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Lin Meadows - Torrance, CA

“Josephine was a beautiful God filled person. I learned so much from her at church. She was an inspiration to us all. Bill I'm so sorry for your loss....Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Dawn Fletcher - Irwin, IA

“My sympathy to Bill and family. I wish I could have been there for you but God had other plans! I thought about you every day and my prayers continue...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: Gay Melby - Dow City, IA - Friend

“I am very sorry to hear of Josephine's death. I enjoyed being around her. She was a hard worker, kind soul, and i shall remember her warm smile. My...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Dianne Book - Walnut, IA - Friend

“Josephine is a true saint! She showed us how to Love one another, How to support each other, How to cry, pray, lift each other up. Even when she...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Lonnie Breyer - Dunlap, IA

“Bill and Family, We are so sorry to hear of Josephine's passing. It is our loss but heaven's gain! We weren't always good about getting together...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Tammy Cohron & Ken Croson - NE

“Bill and Family,My sincere sympathy on the loss of Josephine. I remember her as a very strong and caring woman. She was always ready to share...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Karen Rang - Mitchell, SD

“My family and I have been blessed beyond measure to have Josephine and Bill for friends.Josephine was always straight to the point, you could count...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Jack Webb - RENO, NV

“Josephine had a heart of gold an a love for her family and nature. In the warm months she was always working hard gardening. She will be missed by...Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Barb Hughes/Blum - Harlan, IA

“Bill and Kids,It was 47 years ago when I met most of you and Josephine 'adopted' me as her cadet brother. My countless visits to Salisbury Mills...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: John Scanlan - Canton, MS

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Thelma Josephine (Ambrose) Heaps was born on December 29, 1942, to Walter Joseph and Thelma Mae (Rief) Ambrose in Lawton, Oklahoma. When her father entered WWII the family lived with grandparents. Until she was 12 the family farmed near Woodbine then moved to a farm near Council Bluffs. Josephine graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School in 1960. She then attended UNO and Iowa State University. On January 6, 1963, Josephine married Bill Heaps at the Broadway United Methodist Church in Council Bluffs. In 1963 Bill and Josephine moved to New York where all four children were born. In 1976 the family moved to Dunlap. In 1989, Josephine completed her degrees at UNO and Iowa State. Josephine worked as a dietician until December 2015.
Josephine loved serving her church family. Her personal relationship with God was of primary importance but she treasured her husband of 54 years, children and grand-children. A great deal of her life she spent praying with, praying for and caring for anyone in need. She took delight in having a large garden and growing flowers for display. Josephine and Bill enjoyed their vacations, traveling, and meeting people. They made friends all over the world.
From Rose Vista in Woodbine, Iowa Josephine entered heaven on June 5, 2017, at the age of 74 years, five months, and seven days.
Josephine was preceded in death by her father, Walter and her brother, Walter Jr. She is survived by her husband, Bill Heaps of Dunlap; four children, Bill Jr. (Mary) Heaps of Ozark, Missouri, Kimberly Heaps of Woodbine, John (Molly) Heaps of Dunlap, Jason Heaps of Aspen, Colorado; mother, Thelma Ambrose of Walnut, Iowa; two sisters, Sandra (LeRoy) Wood of Mount Ayr, Iowa and Marie (Chuck) King of Houston, Texas; six grand-children, Jordan and Grant (Bill Jr.), Noah (Kimberly), Joel and Justin (John), Jacob (Jason) and many other relatives and friends.