Josephine Moreis Tucker, known as Jo Jo, Beans, Peenie or Josie, died on March 3. She was 83.

She was born August 14, 1938 at her family home in Vineyard Haven to Mary Silvia and Peter Moreis. Throughout her life she was a jack of all trades. She was the head of housekeeping at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, served the Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven police departments, was a court officer for the Sheriff’s Foundation and ran her own cleaning business, Dustbusters.

She always tried to help others and took pride in her volunteer work. Her community involvement was extensive but she was especially proud of her work at the Island Food Pantry and St. Vincent de Paul thrift store. She was also president of the Woodside Resident Association.

She was especially proud to be sober for more than 33 years. She worked with Vineyard House to help others struggling with sobriety.

Faith was always important to her. She served for many years as a eucharistic minister at the churches of Good Shepherd Parish, and delivered communion to the sick and the elderly. She was an old school Catholic who believed heartily in confession. One time she had her family in stitches when she lied to the priest so that she would have something to confess.

She found love a little later than most when she fell in love with Philip A. Tucker. They blended two families into one when they married in 1976. They were married for 40 years, until Phil died in 2015.

She was a lot of things to a lot of people but for her daughters Trish and Marla, she was just Mom. She was their hero and gave them their fierce strength, unconditional love of family, generosity and stubbornness. The three were as close as could be, and spoke on the phone at least three times a day about anything and everything.

She was most proud of her grandchildren Lake and Kalyn. Pictures of them covered every inch of her home. She loved to sing loudly along while Lake played her favorite tunes on the guitar. She loved to get her hands dirty in the kitchen baking with Kalyn, especially Portuguese sweetbread. Nothing excited her more than receiving a call from one of her two favorite people, her grandchildren.

Her sons in law Dave and Andre both loved cooking gourmet meals for her. They cared for her as they would their own mothers.

Her house was a gathering hub, always filled with lots of friends and family. She wanted to celebrate every holiday and every birthday was a major occasion. She shared a very special bond with her sisters Anna Mae, Cinny, Midge and Lena. They formed a bowling team called Mary’s Girls and were later nicknamed the Tisters. She was also close with her brothers TM, Joe, David, Peter, Julio, John, Billy, Jimmy, Raymond and Paulie.

She shared staycations, ladies’ luncheons and parties of every sort with her nieces Marie, Wanda, Heather and Nancy.

With a twinkle in her eye and a smile on her lips, hers was a life well lived. Her advice was to live one day at a time and “keep it simple, stupid.”

Her funeral Mass was held on March 8 at St. Augustine’s Church in Vineyard Haven, followed by interment at Oak Grove Cemetery in Vineyard Haven.

Memorial donations may be made to Vineyard House, P.O. Box 4599, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, or online at, or to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, P.O. Box 1748, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, or online at