On September 9, 2017, Joy Kennedy passed into the arms of our Lord She suffered a stroke and despite her strong constitution could not recover.
Joy Crews was born in Lindale, Texas on June 4, 1929 to parents, Gratten Boma and Laura Alice Crews. She was the youngest of their four children. She with her siblings Margie, Beth, and Dick worked on the family farm and attended school in Lindale.
Joy was a popular student at Lindale High School. Her classmates described her as a REALLY SWELL GAL. She was CLASS FAVORITE her senior year in high school. She was also the yearbook editor for the class of 1946-47.
After graduation from high school, Joy followed her sisters to live in Houston, Texas. She found a job as a telephone operator with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. While in Houston she met Billy Weseman and they were married in 1948. Joy and Billy Weseman were married for 13 years and had two daughters, Weida Ann and Sheree Lynn.
Joy continued working as a PBX operator and receptionist. Later she met Lister Kennedy, they were married in 1962. Joy and Lister were married 15 years and had one child, Joy Elaine.
Joy worked until the age of 70. She retired from Duke Energy in 1999. After retirement she volunteered at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and West Houston Medical Center. She pursued her love of gardening. Her home and yard were full of beautiful plants. She grew vegetables in her garden, tomatoes, okra, squash, and lots of jalapenos for her pepper loving grandsons. Joy enjoyed a good game of dominoes. She regularly played 42 with a group of friends in her community.
She remained living independently to her last day. She will be sorely missed by those who love her. Joy requested that her ashes be placed in a beautiful rose garden.