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Joy Goforth, age 91, of Pensacola passed away January 28, 2013 at the Health Center of Pensacola. Joy was born April 10, 1921 in Guatemala City, Guatemala, where her father was assigned to the American Consulate. Joy received her BA from the University of Illinois and her MA in Philosophy from the University of Chicago, and took post graduate work at Johns Hopkins, Columbia, UCLA, and Pepperdine, receiving a MA in Psychology in 1976. During World War II, Joy served in the U.S. Naval Reserve, achieving the rank of Lieutenant in Communications and Aviation Radio-Radar. She traveled extensively and worked for the federal government at posts in Germany, Japan, and Turkey, as well as Washington, D.C. She chose to retire in Pensacola because her brother trained there in WW II and loved both the city and the area.
Joy was preceded in death by her parents, Herndon W. Goforth and Effie Hoadley Goforth; her brothers, Robert and George Goforth; and sisters, Louise Junco and Helen Sommer.
She is survived by eight nieces and nephews and their families. A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., February 19, 2013 at the Health Center of Pensacola. Interment will be at Belleview Cemetery in Lenoir, NC on February 16, 2013 and is limited to family. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Joy's memory to: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), Attn: Gift Processing Center, PO Box 96929, Washington, DC 20077-7127.
FAITH CHAPEL FUNERAL HOME, 100 Beverly Pkwy, Pensacola, FL is in charge of local arrangements.
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Published in Pensacola News Journal on Feb. 17, 2013