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Joy Pope

Joy Pope, age 91, passed away peacefully in Colorado Springs on September 19, 2012. She was a much loved wife, mother, grandmother and aunt, and a treasured friend to many people in Colorado Springs and Orange County, California. Joy was born on February 13, 1921, in New York City to Karl and Maria Fleischer. She spent her early years in New York City, Europe and White Plains, New York. She earned a Bachelor's and a Master's degree from New York University. Beginning with her days as a runway model, she spent her career in the fashion industry, working her way up from sales positions to become a buyer and merchandise manager at large department stores in New York, Florida, Missouri, and California. Joy married her husband, USMC Lt. Colonel Francis C. Pope (ret.), in 1967. During her retirement years in Santa Ana, California and in Colorado Springs, where she resided since 1996, Joy devoted much of her time to creating and studying art, playing the piano and organ, growing beautiful rose gardens and caring for her beloved Shih-Tzus and Collies. Joy will be remembered for her charming and vivacious personality, her integrity, intelligence, courage, grace and style, and her love of all beautiful things created or inspired by God. Joy was preceded in death by her parents and her husband. She is survived by: her son, William Bryan Bliss (and his wife, Judy); her daughter, Wendy Bliss (and her husband, Gene Thornton), her granddaughter, Jodie Alexis Bliss; a stepson, Michael Pope (and his wife, Victoria) and two nieces, Janice Speed and Marilyn Forrest (and their husbands, Thomas Speed and Jack Forrest). A private Memorial Service and Celebration of Life is planned.

Published in The Gazette on Oct. 14, 2012
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