Joelda Delo-Self

Joelda Delo-Self

April 28, 2004 - September 05, 2004

Joelda Delo-Self

April 28, 2004 - September 05, 2004


Joelda was born April 28, 1934 in Kokomo, Indiana to Elmer and Kathryn DeLo. She graduated from Lakewood High School, Lakewood, Ohio in 1952 and Kent State University with a Bachelors of Arts degree in English and Music in 1956. She earned three separate Master’s Degrees from Long Beach State, San Francisco State and Arizona State University in Music and English, plus completing other post graduate work at UCLA.

Personally and educationally, Joelda left a legacy to hundreds of high school students, educating them in the fundamentals of English Literature, Creative Writing, Mythology, Music and Chorale, as well as demonstrating the art of happily living life as responsible citizens. Joelda taught for over 40 years in Ohio, Arizona and California and held a Florida Realtor’s license

Since retiring from teaching and moving to Laguna Woods in 1990, Joelda was active in the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society, AAUW, Aquadettes, Meals on Wheels, Square Dancers, and the Rotary Club. Joelda had an extensive musical background, as composer, director, individual soloist and Chorale singing, including The Robert Shaw and Saddleback Master Chorale and Ensembles. She was musical Director of many plays and theatre productions including most recently the Camino Playhouse.

She died September 5, 2004, following a short illness and is survived by her husband Luther, and her sister DeLane DeLo Dewey of Dallas and brother David of Elsinore Mountain.

A memorial service is planned for Friday, September 10 at the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Hills at 11:00 a.m. A reception will follow. The family will hold a private internment and suggests donations to the Charity of their choice in lieu of flowers.

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6 responses to Joelda Delo-Self

  1. I will always remember Joelda’s smile and her enthusiasm for life. Her joy in sharing her talent, both in the music and english fields, made this world a better place. She will be missed by many people.

  2. Judy Caforio says:

    Ms. DeLo was my freshman English teacher at Excelsior High School, Norwalk, CA, in 1963. She encouraged all of us, with a special emphasis for the girls, to go to college and excel. She provided comfort for our class when we first learned about JFK’s death. She showed her grief and allowed us to express ours as well, inspiring me to write a poem, “Day is Done.” I hope that I am becoming the teacher that she was for me. She touched my life in a very personal way.

  3. Linzey says:

    Joelda was a very special person in my life. I sang with her for 3 years in the Saddleback Master Chorale and she helped me follow my music. She also introduced me to the theatre group that I am highly involved with now and I will always remember her for welcoming me in. I will sincerely miss her.

  4. September 10, 2004
    Whenever Joelda would come over to get her hair done,she would greet me with that beautiful smile of hers and a joke.Joelda and I were going to cut down on our coffee,having to drink our Baileys straight.
    It’s a comfort to me to have Joeldas taped music playing. God has Blessed all of us, as she has touched our lives with her laughter.We will pray real hard for your peace Luther and Family,
    Dave and Rebecca,DeLane and Family.
    Love Rusty and Linda Nichols
    Rusty and Linda Nichols Norwalk, CA

  5. Heidi Arndt says:

    Ms Delo was my English teacher my Senior year at Cerritos High School. I was honored to be her student assistant and allowed to assist her. I passed the ap exams because of her without taking the class.

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