Harriet “Jo” Rogers passed away on Sept. 18, 2019 at her home in Moab.
Jo was born Jan. 6, 1934 in New York. Her parents were Dr. Anson and Amy Hoyt. They moved to California in 1936, due to her mother’s health. In her youth, Jo enjoyed spending her summers horseback riding at her family’s ranch in Bondurant, Wyoming and taking the train to visit her grandparents in Connecticut.
Jo’s brother Bill was in the Air Force stationed in Alaska, and suggested that his friend, Jim Daniel, send her a letter. Jo and Jim had the opportunity to meet in person a year later and fell in love. They were married Sept. 10, 1955. They made their home in Manhattan Beach, California and had three children, Lauren, Thomas and Allison.
In 1974, Jo and Jim were divorced. She later met her second husband, Jim Rogers, and married in 1977. She said she had some of the best adventures of her life during this time. They lived in Ashdown, Arkansas until she moved to Moab in 1984.
With the help of her daughter, Lauren, and son-in-law, Jeffrey, she opened Guido’s, a Sicilian-style pizzeria located where Miguel’s Baja Grill is today. She developed many lasting friendships here and when working at La Hacienda. In 2003, she retired due to health reasons.
After retirement, Jo enjoyed spending her days with her family, playing games, laughing, and having her dog, Oscar, by her side. Once a week for nearly 30 years, she would have her hair done by Michelle Tomburello. It was something she looked forward to and loved doing.
Jo enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They were most important in her life. She would do anything to make them happy.
Jo spent her social time at Moab Regional Hospital with weekly wound care visits and doctors appointments. She developed close friendships with Anita Keogh, Mel Sakrison and Dr. Ken Williams. She treasured those close and special friendships towards the end of her life.
Jo is survived by her daughters, Lauren (Jeffrey) Davis of Moab and Allison (Jeremy) Glasoe of Grand Junction, Colorado; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her parents, her son, Thomas, and husbands, Jim and Jim No. 2, preceded her in death.
A celebration of her life will be held on a date to be determined.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.SpanishValleyMortuary.com.