Josselis Henriquez Ortiz
April 11, 1992 - April 16, 2022

Josselis Henriquez Ortiz, better known as “Josie,” passed away at the early age of 30, on April 16, 2022, at home surrounded by her family. Born on April 11, 1992, in Ceiba, PR to her loving parents, Jose Antonio Henriquez Montes and Egda Gricel Ortiz. After high school, she went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at NC A&T State University-Greensboro. She worked for the NC Department of Commerce Employment Security until 2017. In her spare time, she enjoyed watching TV, going to the beach, going out with friends, and meeting new people.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her brothers, Emilio Henriquez and Jose Henriquez; grandfather, Jose Henriquez; niece, Elena Henriquez; and her beloved dogs, Pablo and Oreo.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Maria del Carmen Ortiz, Wencesla Montes and Emilio Ortiz de Jesus.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 from 2:00 pm until 6:00 pm at Coastal Cremations and Funeral Care, 441 Center Street, Jacksonville, NC 28546.

To know Josie is to know how much her infectious smile lit up the room. She was talkative, friendly, and simply enjoyed life. She was such a strong person who overcame so many obstacles because she was driven and determined to live a “normal” life despite her diagnoses of Muscular Dystrophy and MS.

She will be forever missed by all who were blessed to know and love her.

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  • Fanny Rodriguez Posted April 19, 2022 1:29 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss! I was one of her supervisor’s at Department of Commerce and we actually became friends. She did have a very infectious smile and spirit and I loved the way she loved life. Knowing her made me a better person. I will miss her so very much. Much prayers to you and the family.

  • Julia levy Posted April 23, 2022 4:17 pm

    I was the respiratory manager at PAM when she was with us. She was such a special person. Her smile was infectious. I was always so impressed with her will to fight and get better. MD is an awful disease and I am sorry it took her so early in life. She had a beautiful spirit that touched many of us. I am so sorry for your loss. 🙏🙏

  • Rozane Garrow Posted April 25, 2022 9:05 am

    Jossellis came into my life for a short period but changed and blessed me forever. Her kindness, determination , concern for others and love for her family made a huge impact on my own life and I’m so grateful to have met this amazing young women. My heart goes to her loving parents and I pray for the lord to strengthen them in this temporal physical separation . Love you all ! Forever friends , Fly high Josselis ❤️

  • Akeem Whitaker Posted August 27, 2022 4:12 pm

    My love and condolences to the family. I’ll miss her laugh and her jokes. She definitely lived up to the normal life standard as she was an AMAZING friend to me in college. Love you jo..I’ll miss you

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