It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Herschend Enterprises co-owner JoDee Herschend.
JoDee passed away on Sunday, November 25 surrounded by her loving family following a courageous 24-year battle against cancer. She was deeply loved by her family, friends and thousands of Herschend employees blessed to know her. We all feel a tremendous loss.
JoDee Remien grew up in Springfield, MO and took a job at Silver Dollar City in the summer of 1962 while a student at Southwest Missouri State University (now Missouri State). At SDC, JoDee worked in the General Store and also was a street performer playing the role of “Sarey Ellen” alongside a young Peter Herschend. Their street performances led to true love and eventually marriage. Over the next 50+ years they worked together to build Herschend Enterprises and raise five children.
Beyond her work with the family, JoDee founded The Caring People, an international ministry to single mothers. More than two decades after its founding, The Caring People has grown to serve single moms in more than 30 locations in four states and in Central America.