Joy Lucille Scarbrough

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Joy Lucille Scarbrough was born Dec. 3, 1943, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Ottis and Ruth Moreland Leib. 
Joy grew up on the family farm in rural Guthrie County attending Guthrie Center Schools, graduating in 1962. After graduation, she attended secretarial school in Omaha and worked various jobs. In 1963, her adventurous spirit then led her to work for the U.S. State Department beginning in Washington, D.C. and then in Lima, Peru. While working in Peru, Joy met a handsome Marine named Bill Scarbrough who was a security guard at the U.S. Embassy. They were married Nov. 11, 1967, at the United Methodist Church in Guthrie Center. Joy and Bill returned to Guthrie Center in 1972 after Bill retired from the U.S. Marine Corps. She then worked as a secretary and administrative assistant at Springbrook State Park until 1977 when they moved to Harriman.
After they moved to Tennessee, she worked for Bechtel National and Goodyear Atomic Corporation. While living in Tennessee, Joy and Bill would make yearly visits back to Guthrie Center to visit friends and family. Joy was a lifelong learner, always eager to continue her education and to stay up on the latest technology. She became a certified court reporter and in 2004 earned her master's degree in organizational management from Tusculum College, an accomplishment she was very proud of. Joy enjoyed both her vegetable and flower gardens and also liked to can those vegetables and sew. She was an avid bird enthusiast and treasured several special pets throughout her lifetime. And although she was raised as a farm girl helping with daily chores, she later told her brother Clifford she really didn't enjoy that work too much. And of course, her family enjoyed a laugh over that comment.  
Joy moved back to Guthrie Center in April 2017. Her family treasures the time they were able to spend with her in the last six months, never knowing how soon she would leave again. She passed away Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, at Guthrie County Hospital at the age of 73 years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband Bill in December 2015; stepson, Mark Scarbrough; her brother, Roger Leib; sister, Beverly Uhlman; brothers-in law, Max Uhlman, Gene Scarbrough and Clarence Langley; and sister-in-law, Peggy Johnson.
Left to treasure her memory is her stepdaughter, Kim Robinson, Cold Spring, Ky.; brother, Clifford Leib and wife Dorothy, Guthrie Center; sister-in-law, Rosemary Leib, Panora; brother in-law, Paul Scarbrough and wife Vera; and sister-in-law, Jacqueline Langley, all of Oakdale, and Christine Scarbrough, of Chattanooga; two stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 
Published in Roane County News on Oct. 28, 2017