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Joselyn J. Reed

January 20, 1965 ~ August 17, 2020 (age 55)


Joselyn Jean Reed, affectionately known as “Jos,” died on Monday, August 17th, 2020 in Brentwood, California after a courageous battle with cancer. She transitioned peacefully with family and friends by her side. Joselyn was 55 years old.

Joselyn was the second of four children born to the late Leroy Reed and the late Marcela Belizar Reed on January 20th,1965 in San Diego, California. She was baptised as an infant into the Roman Catholic faith and most recently was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oakley, California.

Joselyn spent her earliest years from her infant/toddler time until 2nd grade growing up with her family and extended family in the Philippines. After her family resettled in San Diego, Joselyn attended public schools including Johnson Elementary, Lewis Junior High and Crawford High School, making enduring friendships along the way. Joselyn was considered a tomboy growing up in her Emerald Hills neighborhood, playing team ball in front of the family home, riding bicycles and roller skating up and down the sidewalk. She was a dedicated student and varsity track athlete. Joselyn also loved dogs from a very young age. Both family dogs, Tico and Benji, got to stay with Joselyn’s persistence.

As a young adult Joselyn married and moved to the Bay Area where she raised four beautiful children. She was known to many as “Supermom” - she was an angel on earth, always thinking of others first and herself second. She loved deeply, role-modeled empathy, was selfless, giving and truly one of a kind. She intentionally created countless memories, instilling values, morals and traditions in her children from a very young age. She enjoyed the fun moments with her kids, including kite festivals, amusement parks, and all of their extracurricular activities. She shared wisdom for every life lesson, encouraging her children to make smart choices and do anything they set their mind to.

As a professional, Joselyn touched countless lives as a registrar in the Liberty Union High School District. She took great pride in working with her students, families, and colleagues with utmost integrity. With the same care that she supported her own children’s education, she collaborated with her colleagues to support the students of the Brentwood community. Without anyone looking, she would go the extra mile for a teen and their family, not for accolades, but to help someone who might otherwise get lost in the shuffle.

Joselyn will be remembered for her beaming smile, quick wit and kind heart. She was an avid reader and lover of dogs, travel, seafood, Smurfs, Jeopardy and knitting. In these difficult times as we mourn her passing, she would remind us to “love one another” and hold on to all of the good memories. She loved fiercely and will be sorely missed.

Joselyn leaves to cherish her memory her four children, Marcela Hunter (Justin Trotta), Melissa Hunter, Kenneth Hunter, Jr. and Madalyn Hunter; her sister Jaqueline Gilbert (James), brother Martin Reed (Rika) and brother Michael Reed (Hidie); her many nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and close friends, Cheryl Blackwell, Thelette Bennett and Yvonne Meyer.

Her family shares their sincere appreciation to all who gave their support and love to Jos during the past two years that she fought cancer. They regret the constraints of the pandemic that do not allow us at this current time to host a big celebration of life as Joselyn so richly deserves. A private burial will be held in San Diego in late August. In lieu of flowers, if you wish to honor Joselyn’s memory and her great love of dogs, donations can be made in her name to Contra Costa Animal Services Animal Benefit Fund ( ).

May she rest in eternal peace.

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