Josephine “Josie” Antionette McKay

Josephine “Josie” Antoinette McKAY

Friday, 04, Nov. 2013. Our angel has passed away, in the loving arms of her husband, Henry, and surrounded by the love of her family, on November 4th, 2013, just 8 days before her 87th birthday. Josie was born on the big island of Hawaii on November 13, 1926. She was the 7th of 10 children to Tony and Cozy Texeira. Of the 10 children, the first was a boy, then 9 girls in a row. Josie was born 6th in the female line. She graduated from Hono pah kah High school on the island of Hawaii in 1935. She left the family home at age 16 and began working in a local retail store when she was swept off her feet by the love of her life, Henry McKay, a sailor in the United States Navy. Like a fragrance to a rose, they were inseparable for a blessed 64 years thereafter. Josie brought four souls into this world, all sons of Henry. Josie was an outstanding and exemplary mother, not only to her own children but also to the many friends and neighborhood children that adopted her as their own, for many years. She excelled in the art of cutlery, working in cooking boutiques and producing her own recipes under the name of “Jo-Toni Hawaiian recipes”. She dedicated her entire life to raising her family and was profoundly strict in guiding them through the turmoil’s of life. Josie was preceded in death by her brother, Tony, and her sisters, Margaret, Sue, Olivia, Lorain, Tilly, and Jane, who passed away on the same day as Josie. She is survived by: her adoring husband Henry; two sisters: Helen and Clara; Sons: James, Jeffrey, Robert and Jerry; 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. A Memorial service to celebrate Josie’s life has been held at the Bonney-Watson Funeral Home located at 1535 SW Dash Point Road. in Federal Way. WA. 98003. She is dearly missed by those that knew and loved her. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Federal Way food bank or The Northwest Harvest center. Please sign the online memorial guestbook at

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