Barbara Joy

EAST LIVERPOOL – Barbara Sue Joy, who had bravely battled cancer for the past year, passed away at her home on Smithfield Street at 11:11 a.m. Monday, February 18, 2013, with her loving family at her bedside. Barb, who was affectionately known as “Gree” by many, was 70.

Born on September 21, 1942 in Portland, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Virgie Cornell Allen. She came to this area from Meigs County as a young girl, and remained here for the rest of her life.

A 1960 graduate of East Liverpool High School, she married her sweetheart, James Allen Joy, Sr., weeks later on June 4, 1960. He survives her at home.

Together, Barb and Jim raised their family here and opened their home to legions of friends and neighbors, who were always made to feel welcome there. It could honestly be said, theirs was a home filled with “joy!” They loved following the activities of their children and grandchildren especially when it involved sports. Barb was always a loyal supporter of “Potter” athletics, but she was also the loudest cheerleader for her grandson when he played for the Beavers. Barb was an avid Steelers fan, and also loved bowling and playing Bingo.

For many years, the Joys owned “The Mart” in Lisbon, and they worked there together until selling it in 1990. Soon afterward, Barb became associated with the East Liverpool Credit Bureau and later worked at Homer Laughlin China Company as a shipping clerk, where she remained until her illness.

A longtime member of Yellow Creek Presbyterian Church, she had been the church treasurer, had served as a Deacon, and was a member of the church choir as well as the handbell choir, which was appropriately named “Joyful Sounds”.

In addition to her husband, Barb leaves behind her loving family: daughter Marsha Schultz and her husband, Michael, of East Liverpool; and son James A. Joy, Jr. and his fiancee, Dana Comparetto, of Grove City, OH. Barb adored her grandchildren, and they knew it! She will be missed by Katie Schultz and her fiance, Christopher Marshall, of East Liverpool; Tyler Schultz, also of East Liverpool; Trey Joy and Ethan Joy, both of West Des Moines, Iowa; and Andre’ Bown, of East Liverpool, who was her “adopted” grandson.

There are three brothers: Marvin Allen and his wife, Joyce, of Wellsville; Melvin Allen, also of Wellsville; and Sam Timmons and his wife, Linda, of East Liverpool, as well as a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews who were very special to her.

Preceding her in death were two sisters, Louise Shasteen Arthur and Mabel Miller.

Friends may visit at the Dawson Funeral Home on Friday, where the family will be present from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, with Rev. Derek Marotta of the church, assisted by Rev. Claudia Brown. Barb will be laid to rest beside her parents and her husband’s parents at Yellow Creek Cemetery. Friends and family will gather at the Art Minto Fellowship Hall at the church following the burial.

In memory of Barb, friends are encouraged to make contributions to the Steeple Fund c/o Yellow Creek Presbyterian Church, 17365 State Route 45, Wellsville, OH 43968.

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