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November 9, 1929 ~ December 18, 2023 (age 94) 94 Years Old
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Josephine Muse-Knowles was born on November 9th, the middle child of Junious (June) Bervine and Lucille Muse. “Jo” as she was affectionately known, enjoyed music and loved to sing and dance. She was educated in the Philadelphia school district. While attending Bok Technical High School, she met the love of her life, Claude Knowles.
In 1951 they married and out of that union were born six children. Claude and Josephine were well suited for one another as they were both outgoing and had fun loving personalities. Although they were young parents, they raised their children in a wholesome stable and loving environment.
Josephine truly disliked when her children argued between themselves and always reminded them how important it is to love each other. This was foremost among the many lessons she taught them. She was their first teacher in many respects. She taught her children to read, recite poetry and play board games. She would sit on the floor and play jacks, jump rope, and ride bikes with them. Josephine was very active in her children’s schools as a PTA member. She was also a den mother for the Cub scouts.
There was often music playing at home and Jo would grab any one of her children and teach the latest dance moves. Later as they became teenagers it became their turn to teach mom the current dance craze and she made sure they always had the latest Motown single to dance to. As the kids practiced their steps for the next house party, Jo was right there in the living room practicing with them and their friends!
As her children grew up and started their own families, Josephine decided to start a small daycare in her home. Her charges sweetly called her “mom-mom”. There were few children on the block who were not cared for by her at one time or another.
Josephine and Claude loved the Lord and were very active members in the church. They attended First Colored Wesley Methodist Church (AKA: Fellowship Community Wesley Methodist Church). Josephine sang on the senior choir, served on the missionary board and wherever else she was needed in the church throughout the years.
She was an active Eastern Star member as well.
Josephine was preceded in death by her mother and father, her sister Dorothy Lee Brooks, her brother Rudolph Muse, her grandson Jarrett Brandon Fields, and her beloved husband of 48 years, Claude Knowles, Sr.
She leaves to cherish her memory, six children: Raynel Green (Luther), Claude Knowles, Jr. (Doretha), Dorothea Martin, James Curtis Knowles (Rachel), Debra Anthony (Carl), and Barry G. Knowles. Nine grandchildren: Rasheed, Moyenne, Tearsa (Troy), Omar, Jamin (Marsha), Tasha, Sharif, Kory, and Leah. Seven great-grandchildren: Brandon, Jamiere, Klaisha, Esai, Amir, Asad, Asir, Jamin Jr., Sister in- law Anna Bowman, and a host of loving cousins, nephews, nieces, church family and friends.