Joan-Joy Sutton McCarthy (Hebrew Name Sara) was born in New York, NY on September 25, 1946, the youngest of child of Marie and Sydney Sutton., sister to Leonard and John Otto Sutton. Joy was the dynamic mother of Jennifer-Joy Bronk and Charles Sydney McCarthy. She was also aunt to Tamara Sydney Sutton. Joy worked as a school teacher for nearly five decades, having started her career teaching severely mentally retarded children in Harlem, NY. After studying at Hofstra, NYU and Columbia, she earned her Specialist in Education degree in nutrition as it related to severely retarded children. She continued her career as a highly respected teacher at Miami Carol City Senior High in Miami, FL. With a deep appreciation for the arts, Joy often took her children to the theater and fine museums in order to foster a comprehensive understanding of its importance in their lives. She continued to do so for her granddaughters, Gabriela Lynn and Annaka-Joy, whom she loved dearly. Her unencumbered wild side was much appreciated by her son, Charles. Joy and Charles often took Zachary and Gavin out to enjoy sports, running and bicycling. They continued to instill the importance of creating nurturing environments by spending quality time reading together. Joy was a loving and generous woman who gave everything she had to those in need, truly embodying the spirit of Tikkun Olam. From her passion as the coach of the school's Special Olympics team to a her dedication as the coach of the Chess team, Joy was a brilliant, compassionate soul who cared a great deal about the world around her.
Published in Miami Herald on Feb. 5, 2013