Longtime Alaska resident Joy Morgan, 91, passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Wildflower Court in Juneau.
Born in Seattle on March 20, 1922, Joy first came to Alaska in 1949 on the old Alaskan Steamship line. She arrived in Valdez where she would meet her husband and true love, Jim Morgan. After her first two sons were born there, Joy and Jim moved to Anchorage where he was GM of Alaska Freightlines. In 1957 they moved to Copper Center where they owned and operated Copper River Cache Store for 10 years. Joy's time in Copper was very dear to her. It was there that she became an avid birdwatcher, often working with UAF. Both Valdez and Copper held a special place in her heart.
Later they moved back to Anchorage where they owned Inlet View Texaco. In the mid 70s, the lure of gold called and they mined in the Central mining district for four years on Deadwood Creek. From there, life took them to Hope, where Joy opened the Hope and Glory Gift Shop. Joy took great pride in her gift shop and carried many unique items She loved talking about Alaska to anyone who stopped by. She and Jim traveled between Hope and Palm Springs until his passing in 1997.
Joy's love for Alaska brought her back to live there full time. She spent her years between Juneau, Hope and Seward, enjoying every minute of her time in each place.
Joy's loving and caring nature made her beloved wherever she went. She volunteered wherever she was to help whoever she could.
When asked what she would like to be remembered for most, she replied "My love of nature and Alaska."
Her family says "Mom was the rock of our family and gave love and strength to all of us. She was greatly loved and will be deeply missed."
She is survived by her sons Donald, Mark, Chris and James, her daughters Mary Seger and Theresa Berg, her "adopted" daughter Lorilyn Swanson, and grandchildren Clinton, Tasha, Blaise, Meredith, Marco and Marybeth.
Joy's wishes are to be cremated and her ashes placed alongside those of her husband at the Hope Cemetery. No funeral services are planned. Just remember her for the wonderful person she was. When you see or pick a wildflower, think of Joy.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Oct. 27, 2013