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In memoriam: Marijohn Bledsoe

Marijohn Bledsoe

Marijohn Bledsoe, a UCCE community education specialist 2 for the UC Master Food Preserver Program, passed away in Modesto on Oct. 31, 2019. She was 46.

Bledsoe joined UCCE in the Capital Corridor in 2016. She coordinated volunteers in Solano, Yolo and Sacramento counties, leading public classes in food preservation and training the trainers. In 2016, Bledsoe appeared on Good Day Sacramento to promote the program.

Before joining the staff, she managed a UC Master Food Preserver blog, trained other volunteers to use communication tools and created publications as a UC Master Food Preserver volunteer and UC Master Gardener Program volunteer.

Bledsoe was born in Boston, Mass., and raised in San Francisco. At the Urban School of San Francisco, she excelled in the visual arts, including painting and sculpting. She earned a degree in economics and Middle Eastern studies at University of Memphis, then went to the Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis where she honed her craft further. She later worked for Internet Solutions.

Bledsoe is survived by her son Langston Bledsoe-Ragland of Memphis, mother Carita Harrison Bledsoe Reaves of Memphis, father Marvin Bledsoe of Manteca, and stepfather James Reaves of Chicago.

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Posted on Friday, November 15, 2019 at 3:49 PM

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