Nancy Joyce Joy Barnes passed away in the early morning hours of June 17, 2014 following a brief illness.
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Born May 2, 1926 in Rose, Kansas, Joy was the youngest daughter of Leo Earl Stoll and Florence Ethel Tustison. She graduated from Yates Center High School and became a tool and dye draftsman for Boeing Aircraft Company during WWII. At wars end, Joy married her hometown sweetheart, Estil Neal Barnes on January 16, 1946 in Yates Center, Kansas. With her husband, Joy attended Kansas State University. She moved to Oklahoma City in 1977 following the death of her husband.
Joy loved animals and she enjoyed dancing, gardening, sharing recipes with her many friends, and singing in her church choir. She was active in community projects, including knitting hats for newborns and sewing heart pillows for patients following their surgery. A skilled seamstress, she made costumes for Miss Rodeo Oklahoma contestants. Over several years with her quilts, she won many first place awards including Best of Show in the Master Quilting category at the Oklahoma State Fair. One of her quilts toured the United States in the Hoffman Quilt Challenge exhibit.
Joy was preceded in death by her sisters, Virginia and Eleanor.
She is survived by her daughter, Charlotte and son-in-law Steve Lewin, 2 grandchildren, 2 nieces and 3 nephews.
Joy's talents were employed every day at bwo Print Studio and photo lab where she was loved by all. Joy will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Joy's name should be made to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society and the Leukemia Research Foundation.
A memorial service will be 2 p.m., Tuesday, July 1st at First Christian Church, Oklahoma City.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from June 23 to July 23, 2014