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Joy Wolf Carter

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Joy Wolf Carter Obituary
Carter, Joy Wolf
Joy Wolf Carter, 91, passed away August 23, 2016. She was born in Los Angeles, CA to Sam and Austie Wolf on May 8, 1925. After moving to Chicago, IL she attended Chicago Public Schools and the University of Illinois graduating with a degree in Social Science. She met her husband of 70 years, the love of her life, Ronald M. Carter, Sr. at the University of Illinois. Moving to Phoenix in 1952, Joy achieved prominence as a community leader, political activist and member of the Jewish community soon after arriving. As a proud mother, she is survived by her two sons, Craig and Ronald. 'Nonnie' was also beloved by six grandchildren and five great grandchildren and her cherished niece Carol Gross and husband Joe. Joy spent much of her life helping to improve people's lives. She instilled in all of us the values of humanity, compassion, and service to others that remain as the inspiration in our lives. She was elected to the Phoenix City Council from 1976 to 1981 and served three years as Vice-Mayor with Mayor Margaret Hance. Joy started her career as a caseworker with the Arizona Department of Public Welfare and worked as a psychiatric social worker at the Arizona State Hospital before joining Catholic Social Service as a community resource specialist. Joy was considered an honorary nun by the Sisters of Mercy for her work with her friend and colleague Sister Mary Rose Christy; together, they were known as the 'flying nun and her Jewish co-pilot.' Joy was a dedicated volunteer for 60 years and served on the boards of over 20 organizations such as the Phoenix Sister Cities Committee. She sat at the helm of the Foundation for Senior Living of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, the Salvation Army and the Jewish Federation of Phoenix. Joy was a member of the Arizona Jewish Historical Society and Council of Jews with Special Needs. She organized the first Back to School Clothing Drive in 1968 and helped spearhead the effort to open the St. Vincent de Paul Free Medical and Dental Clinic. Joy believed that to be involved in the community means the 'total community.' Joy saw people's needs and acted on them regardless of background, faith, or circumstances. She was a fiercely independent woman, she never accepted no for an answer. Her business card said "Contacts, Contacts, Contacts." For Joy, it was all about helping others and having fun at the same time. Her favorite motto was; "You have gotta give!" Joy loved to shop, travel, and dote over her grandchildren. Joy was an accomplished table tennis player honing her skill playing service members during WWII. In 1964, she won the women's' state title! Joy had a passion for life and was proof that one person can change the world. Arrangements by Sinai Mortuary.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 31, 2016
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