Joy is the epitome of her namesake. She always stood out in the crowd with her laughter which was contagious, her intellect and passion for life. She was driven to expand her knowledge - whether it be religion, philosophy, psychology, art, feminism, meditation or poetry. She was a voracious reader and writer and lover of the New York Times crossword puzzle. She befriended everyone she met and in turn developed meaningful longstanding friendships.
Joy knew that something wasn't right with her cognitive ability in her early 60's. In 2009 it was confirmed by a neurologist that she had early onset Alzheimers, she retired as a mental health counselor that year. As we head into 2017, Joy is less and less able to communicate. She has lost her ability to walk without assistance and requires full time care. Fortunately she has her husband Robert (Bob) W. Kelly as her number one caregiver - by her side to love and support her. Bob and I would like to start a forum for those who love her, who have been an important part of her life, to have a "virtual" community to share stories, photos, memories of Joy. Through this forum we hope to chronicle her life, what she has meant to us and to be a support to Bob and the family as we go through the last stages of this debilitating disease.
Through this Caring Bridge site we can let all of Joy's loved ones know how is she doing and what the family plans to do as we cope with the last stages of this disease. On behalf of Joy, all our love, Cybelle and Bob