Josie Gower, 69, a retired nurse confirmed dead by friends on social media on Wednesday
Josephine 'Josie' Gower, who also died in the Montecito mudslides, was celebrated by family as a woman who loved and embraced life for each one of her 69 years.
'I have never met anyone quite like her and never will again,' her daughter-in-law Sarah Gower wrote on Facebook after authorities confirmed Gower was one of 18 people killed by mudslides. 'She was the life of the party, always, and loved us all so fiercely. She lived for her kids and for our kids.'
Gower's own Facebook page reveals a woman with a playful love of life. One photo shows her dressed as a mermaid by a pool while others show her riding horses and cuddling with her cats.
'A bundle of fun,' her daughter-in-law said. 'She was just simply the most loving, cheerful, beautiful, strong, independent force. We will miss her so.'
A retired nurse, she was confirmed dead by friends on social media on Wednesday after a frantic 24 hour search for her.