Branson Philanthropist JoDee Herschend Dies

JoDee Herschend, co-owner of Silver Dollar City and noted philanthropist, died Sunday after a 24-year battle with cancer.

Herschend grew up in Springfield and during the summer of 1962 took a job at Silver Dollar City where she worked as a street performer alongside her future husband Peter Herschend.  

In addition to helping her husband grow Herschend Enterprises, Mrs. Herschend founded The Caring People, a ministry to single mothers.  Caring People used a small group ministry model to mentor single mothers in a model that is now being used around the world by churches to impact the lives of single mothers within their congregations and community.

JoDee and Peter also helped establish Sigma House, a drug rehab center in Branson and Ozark Food Harvest.  They supported a range of ministries from Acts 29, Episcopal World Missions to Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

A celebration of life will be held Monday December 3rd at 11 a.m. at James River Church in Ozark.  In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to The Caring People.