9/6/1928 – 6/9/2019
Virginia “Jinny” Arlene Joy was born on Sept. 6, 1928, at the family home alongside beautiful Lake Whatcom outside of Bellingham, Washington. She was the second of five children born to Arthur John and Lydia Beatrice Pearson.
Jinny grew up on the lake and attended a one-room schoolhouse that held all eight grades. She loved school and attended high school in Bellingham. Reading, swimming, rowing out on the lake and riding her horse “Kit” were some of her favorite pastimes.
At 15, she received tragic news when she got off the bus after school. Her father had been killed that morning in a logging accident. It was truly life-changing.
After high school she was working as a secretary in a doctor’s office when she was invited to go on a blind date with her good friend. On that picnic, she met the love of her life, George Bruce Joy. He was handsome, kind and musical.
Bruce and Jinny had three children: Sandra Bea, Steven Bruce and Susan Louise. They built a home on a mountainside on 43 acres, where there were pastures with cows and orchards with fresh fruit, an ideal place to raise children.
In 1958, on a vacation to Casper, Wyoming, to visit Bruce’s sister’s family, the decision was made to move there. The hope was that the drier climate would help Bruce’s arthritis. Jinny went to work in the hospital in the x-ray department.
December 1965 saw another move for her family. Her husband had received a job offer in California. That is how she ended up in Carpinteria. It was after this move that she came into contact with Jehovah’s Witnesses again. This time she began an in-depth study of the Bible. This was the beginning of the most satisfying time of her life. Gaining Bible knowledge gave her real purpose and hope. She was eager to share the loving promises our Creator has for mankind and this Earth. Her favorite scripture was Jeremiah 10:23.
One of Jinny’s most rewarding times was sharing Bible truths with the women and girls in a correctional facility for eight years. Many called her “Gramma.” She loved them and they loved her. Seeing the changes some made brought her great joy.
Jinny was not a career woman. She was a homemaker at heart and a genuinely good woman. Her family, home and friends were so important in her life. Jinny’s children remember her loving care, the delicious home-cooked meals, the comfy and clean home and the warm hospitality she showed. She loved people, the piano, playing cards and games with family and friends. Everyone remembers her warm smile.
Her dear husband passed away in 1998, just one week shy of 51 years of marriage. In 2002 she began living with her oldest daughter and son-in-law. She traveled with them and dear friends on cruises to Alaska, the Hawaiian Islands and even Kiribati down by the equator.
She is survived by her brother Bob and her children Sandra and Steve. She had five grandchildren: Nicoa Suzanne, Scott Ryan, Jared Kyle, Jovien Bruce and Cody Steven; four great-grandchildren: ShaKyla, Myka, Mackenzie and Manhattan; and two great-great grandsons: Gaige and Garrison, along with many nieces and nephews. She was so happy to have five generations!
Her health and memory were failing but her hope was still bright in those blue eyes. She looked forward eagerly to living on the promised Paradise Earth surrounded by her resurrected loved ones and enjoying the peace, health and happiness that is so close at hand.
Our beloved Mama and Gramma fell asleep in death Sunday evening, June 9, 2019, at the age of 90 with family and friends at her side. A memorial service will be at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 3208 Via Real, Carpinteria, California, on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, at 2 p.m.