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Joy Jean Arnold Moden

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Joy Jean Arnold Moden Joy Jean Arnold Moden of Wimberley, Texas , age 73, passed away on September 17, 2013. Joy was born March 21, 1940 in San Antonio, Texas to Baldur William Francis Arnold and Freddie Lucille King Arnold. After her family moved to Austin, Joy attended Austin public schools graduating from McCallum High School in 1958 where she was a member of the Blue Brigade and the National Honor Society. Joy attended the University of Texas at Austin and, after a long hiatus during which she worked to put her husband through college and tended to her two sons, she graduated from Southwest Texas State in 2002 summa cum laude. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Merle L. Moden, whom she started dating in high school; son Kevin W. Moden of Dripping Springs, Texas and his children, Kylie Jean Moden and Travis Lee Moden; son Eric G. Moden and his wife Toni Moden of Lewisville, Texas; sisters Ann Arnold of Wimberley, Texas and Sue Abraham of Dallas, Texas; sister-in-law Van Arnold of Longview, Texas and daughter Amanda; brother-in-law Murry Eddleman of Riviera, Texas; sister-in-law Grace Crofford of Pleasanton, Texas; cousin Carolyn Langenkamp of Sacramento, California; and, several cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Baldur Arnold, Jr. of Longview, Texas; nephew Johnny Abraham of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and, niece Sabrina Abraham of Dallas, Texas. Joy spent most of her working life in the law office of Austin attorney, Harry Whittington. She was a substitute teacher in Wimberley area elementary schools. Joy finished her career at the River Systems Institute working for Andrew Sansom. She and her husband moved to San Marcos in 1995 and to the Wimberley area in 1997 to enjoy the scenic Texas Hill Country. She was a founding member of the League of Women Voters - Wimberley Valley. When she was able, she volunteered at the Wimberley Community Library and Meals on Wheels. Joy was a member of the Wimberley Church of Christ and was a long-time member of the Brentwood Oaks Church of Christ in Austin where, following in the footsteps of her mother, she taught Sunday School for 30 years. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Wimberley Church of Christ, P. O. Box 1695, Wimberley, TX 78676. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Published in Austin American-Statesman from Sept. 20 to Sept. 22, 2013
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