JoDee Herschend Passes Away After Lengthy Battle Against Cancer

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JoDee Herschend (Picture courtesy of Ozarks First, Other Pictures Courtesy of Silver Dollar City)

by: Scott McCaulley

A member of the Herschend Family with long ties to Silver Dollar City and the development of The Caring People Ministry has passed away.

JoDee Herschend died on Sunday after a 24 year battle with Cancer. Family Members including husband Peter and their five children surrounded her during her final hours according to a press release issued by Silver Dollar City on Monday.

JoDee Remien grew up in Springfield and took a job at Silver Dollar City in the summer of 1962. Among her roles was that of “Sarey Ellen” in the street show where she performed along side many early performers including Peter Herschend, who she eventually married and raised five children.

Besides her work with her family and Herschend Enterprises, JoDee Herschend founded The Caring People in 1997, an organization ministering to single Moms in 30 Locations in the United States as well as Central America.

A celebration of life is scheduled for Monday, December 3, 2018 at 11am at James River Church in Ozark, MO.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in JoDee’s memory to The Caring People at www.thecaringpeople.org.

The full Press Release from Silver Dollar City follows the pictures below:

 

 

Press Release from Silver Dollar City:
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Herschend Enterprises co-owner JoDee Herschend. 

JoDee passed away on Sunday, November 25 surrounded by her loving family following a courageous 24-year battle against cancer.  She was deeply loved by her family, friends and thousands of Herschend employees blessed to know her.  We all feel a tremendous loss.

JoDee Remien grew up in Springfield, MO and took a job at Silver Dollar City in the summer of 1962 while a student at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State).  At SDC, JoDee worked in the General Store and also was a street performer playing the role of “Sarey Ellen” alongside a young Peter Herschend.  Their street performances led to true love and eventually marriage.  Over the next 50+ years they worked together to build Herschend Enterprises and raise five children.

Beyond her work with the family, JoDee founded The Caring People, an international ministry to single mothers. More than two decades after its founding, The Caring People has grown to serve single moms in more than 30 locations in four states and in Central America.

A long-time resident of Branson Missouri, JoDee and Peter invested time and treasure in a wide range of ministries and projects at the local, national and international levels including Acts 29, Episcopal World Missions, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. JoDee and Peter helped establish Sigma House, a drug rehabilitation center in Branson, and the Ozark Food Harvest.

JoDee Herschend was an incredible woman of God, whose faithfulness was contagious and inspiring.  May we keep the Herschend family in prayer during these difficult times.

A celebration of life is scheduled for Monday, December 3, 2018 at 11am at James River Church in Ozark, MO.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in JoDee’s memory to The Caring People at www.thecaringpeople.org.