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Mary Joy


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Mary Joy went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 15, 2021, at the age of 86. Where she met her husband, her best friend Tom Joy who preceded her in death on July 4, 2008, and also her parents Chalk and Lily.

A visitation for Mary will be held from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at LaGrone Funeral Chapel. A funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Country Club Church of Christ. Interment will follow at Capitan Cemetery at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Capitan, NM.

She is survived by her sister, Laura Lee Stover of Alamogordo, NM, her son, Dwayne (Joann) Joy of Capitan, NM, and their sons, Travis (Shelley) Joy and their daughters, Alexis, Marissa, Shaina, and Trista, and two great-great grandsons of Vancouver, WA, and Jared (Angie) Joy and their daughter, Jewel of Carrizozo, NM, her daughter, Kayla (Glenn) Clifton of Carrizozo, NM, and her son, Mike (Amy) Joy of Roswell, NM. She is also survived by many niece, nephews, and cousins. Mary’s big smile and friendship and love will be missed by all.

Mary was born and raised on the Flying H Ranch in Chaves County. She and her husband Tom attended a one room schoolhouse on the Flying H, until time to start high school, where she transferred and graduated from Artesia High School. Mary and Tom married in 1954, after they married, they worked on many ranches in Chaves, Lea and Lincoln County. Mary was active in Chaves County Cowbells and Canyon Cowbells of Carrizozo. Mary was also a member of the Lea County and Farmington extension clubs, where she loved doing crafts and anything else they were making or doing. Mary made many afghans and clothes for her sons and daughter and many nieces and nephews would give her an idea of something to sew and she could make a pattern and make it. She made dance costumes for Harding-Webster Dance Studio in Carlsbad.

Mary loved music and dancing, playing 42, and people, she never met a stranger, she could find family anywhere she went.

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Mary moved to Roswell after she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, she made the comment that she was not going to be sick from chemotherapy and radiation, and she was true to her word she never was. Once she had finished all her treatments, she was ready to become active with other people, she was a very social person, and she started attending the Chaves County Joy Center Adult Daycare Program, and attended for five years, due to covid-19 it was closed in 2020 and she missed it greatly. Just as side note she did not die of Covid-19.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Clifton, John Sisk, Delbert Fine, Dwayne Joy, Mike Joy, Jared Joy, Travis Joy, Delbert Fine and Wimp Fine.

In lieu of flowers donations to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123; Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601; Assurance Home, 1000 E 18th St, Roswell, NM 88201; or a charity of your choice would be appreciated.

To My Mother

I have listened for years to the hardships of men.
These tales have made me cry and laugh now and then.
Writers have written thousands of books about men alone.
Almost nothing has been said about the woman at home.
Before daylight men have woke up to coffee on the boil
Giving no thought to the poor woman’s toil.
She cooks your meals, cuts your hair.
She does your chores when you’re not there.
She washes your dishes, mops your floors.
And meets you with a smile when you come through the door.
She keeps track of the groceries on the shelf.
All this with no thought for herself.
More lines should be written by many another.
Just my way of saying, Thank you Mother!

M.D. Joy

Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com

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