SONORA – Avis Joy, 75, passed away July 30, 2012. She was born July 26, 1937 in Fouke, Arkansas, to Spencer Morton and Nettie Naomi (Browning) McKenzie. Avis spent her first five years living with her paternal grandparents, Robert and Carrie McKenzie. She lived in many Texas communities growing up as her parents, Morton and Lenora McKenzie, relocated with Atlantic-Richfield Pipeline Co.
Avis graduated from Rocksprings High School in 1954, and attended a business college in San Angelo. She married John Wesley
Joy on July 8, 1957 in Sonora. They shared 55 years of marriage and raised four children. Avis was a member of the First United Methodist Church and Eastern Star.
On March 17, 1999, Avis was blessed with a “second birthday” when she received a heart transplant. The donor’s gift gave Avis 13 more years of life.
Avis was preceded in death by her birth parents, Nettie and Morton McKenzie; sisters, Janice Perry and Alta Kuhns; and granddaughter, Carmen Page Joy Preston.
Avis is survived by her husband, John Wesley; mother, Lenora McKenzie of Brownwood; sister, Sherrell Howe of Clyde; sister-in-law, Vivian Joy of Ely, Nevada; children, Kerry Joy and wife Debbie of Eldorado, Lesa Kennedy and husband Bentley of Christoval, Tobin Joy of Sonora, Mitzi Kelley and husband Damon of Plainview; grandchildren, Madolyn Phillips and husband Chris of Eldorado, Jana Aguirre and husband Gilbert of Christoval, Wesley Kennedy and wife Jenna of Midland, Mace Joy of Sonora, Katelyn Kelley and Justin Kelley of Plainview; great-grandsons, Slade and Ryder Phillips of Eldorado, and Colton Aguirre of Christoval.
Pallbearers were Bentley Kennedy, Damon Kelley, Chris Phillips, Gilbert Aguirre, Wesley Kennedy, and Lamar Evans.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, August 1, at First United Methodist Church in Sonora. Burial followed in the Sonora Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the many friends for prayers, food, cards, calls, and visits. We would like to express sincere gratitude to Dr. P. Mulgrew of San Antonio and his staff for their exceptional care of Avis the past 13 years. We would also like to express our heartfelt thanks to Jessie, Avis’ pharmacist from Walgreens, and the staff and caregivers, especially Amber Shaw, of Odyssey Hospice. You enabled Avis to live the final months of her life at home as she wished.
In lieu of flowers, Avis requested that donations be made to Helping Hands, c/o Roberta James at 410 East Popular Street Sonora, Texas 76950, or a charity of your choice.