Mary Jo Stocke Mary Jo Stocke a long time resident of Corona passed away peacefully on May 17, 2013. She was born on February 4, 1942 in St. Louis, Missouri but called California home from her mid teenage years. She was preceded in death by the love of her life Raymond and together they raised four children: Mary Pat and Cindy Louise both of Long Beach, CA; Kathy Ann of San Tan Valley, AZ and Raymond Jr. of Riverside, CA.; grandchildren Michael, Ann, Josh and Chris; and great grandchildren Nicolas and Kambria; and her sister Colleen of San Francisco, CA. Mary Jo was a vivacious and loving wife and mother. A beautiful women she captured Ray's heart at an early age. She was caring, colorful with a strong zest for life and all it had to offer. Together she and Ray owned and operated Ray & Jo's Snack Bar for several years. Prior to moving to Corona, the family lived and enjoyed their residence in Huntington Beach and all the beach had to offer. Mary Jo was a voracious reader, avid movie goer, and in her later years was a member of the Red Hatter's local chapter. Charming, generous and loving Mary Jo will assuredly be united with Ray and together light up the heavenly skies for all of us as we gaze upon the heavens. Services will be conducted for Mary Jo at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday May 21, 2013 at Rice Mortuary located at 5310 Torrance Blvd, Torrance, Ca. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the SPCA.

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  1. Mom,
    Thank you so much for all the joy, love and smiles you brought to me and more importantly thank you for your beautiful daughter Cindy – will miss you.

    Mary Jo, now
    that€™s her name

    St. Louis is from
    where she came.

    A beautiful young
    girl in just her late teens

    She captured Ray€™s
    heart, the man of her dreams

    He whisked her
    away, that lady of grace

    To a new home in
    California, that was the place

    €˜Twas in
    California they both did agree

    was the ideal spot,
    to raise their family

    So with not much
    money but love in their hearts

    California is where it would start

    Four children in
    total Mary would birth

    She loved them all
    like diamonds and the salt of the earth

    Other than Ray the
    kids new her best

    So about their mom,
    they hear by attest

    She was gracious
    and loving about her they€™d say

    She was outgoing
    and shy in her own little way

    She was generous
    and caring and had a big heart

    She was colorful
    and quirky and just a bit tart

    She was prideful,
    yet wise and really quite smart

    And savvy in
    business right from the start

    She was happy and
    witty with a beautiful smile

    She was forgiving,
    yet stubborn to the very last mile

    She adored dear
    buttercup her frail little cat

    Who now lives with
    Cindy and is getting quite fat

    She was funny, and
    full of expression you see

    But alas the piano
    sat empty, due to no musicality

    She smoked like a
    chimney and through the haze you might see

    Mary Jo hailing
    for yes, you guessed it, another pepsi

    Bring me a shake
    she would often say

    It had to be
    chocolate there was no other way

    Hot Wings from Joe
    she would often eat

    And always, always
    candy €“ that chocolate treat

    She was cunning
    and clever and sharp as a tack

    Vivacious, complex
    you can add to this stack.

    She was insightful
    and spiritual I have been told

    Thoughtful and
    kind to both young and old

    To Mary Pat,
    Kathy, Cindy and Joe

    She€™ll be in your
    hearts wherever you go

    If there is one
    thing about mom I know to be true

    She€™ll never cease
    trying to control all of you

    I say that in gest
    €˜cause she liked to have fun

    With a glean in
    her smile as bright as the sun

    But I will close
    this note and be quite sincere

    We love you mom
    and we will miss you dear.

  2. You will be surely missed mother. So sad to see you go when there was still so much life to live. We will miss you deeply and forever.

  3. Mom,

    You gave me so much, taught me so much and loved me unconditionally. My hope is to be and have what you wanted for me a life of love, honor, family and to do the right thing always. Thank you for the gifts you gave me in life. My cup runneth over. I miss you and Love you momma.

  4. My first memories of Mary Jo are of this cool teenager that lived behind us and would come over to babysit my brother, sisters and me. Then dating my cousin Ray when he was living with us and sitting on the fence watching Mary Jo and Ray getting married. While sad that she has left us, I know that Mary Jo, and Ray are together now in heaven and will be there with Shirley to greet us when our time too has come. I know the sadness of losing your mom and I hope that all of you will have some comfort in knowing she is waiting for you and you’ll see her again.
    Best wishes and love Richard

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