Joy Colleen (Brown) Shoemaker
1937 - 2020
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Joy Colleen (Brown) Shoemaker

Chillicothe - Joy Colleen (Brown) Shoemaker 83 of Chillicothe passed peacefully from this life New Year's Eve December 31, 2020.

She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Chillicothe and a person of strong faith.

Joy was born March 29, 1937 in Ross County to Emerson and Ruth (McCalla) Brown.

She grew up enjoying farm life and 4-H. As a teenager she was a loyal Twin Tiger Basketball fan and worked at Schachne's in downtown Chillicothe. Joy graduated from Twin High School in 1955.

On February 10th, 1956 she married her high school sweetheart Ronnie Shoemaker. Their love story of 65 years was one for the ages. Her bond with the entire Shoemaker family was special to say the least. She loved them all.

Her children John, Steve and Lisa were her pride and joy. Always supporting them 100% in all their endeavors. The three of them will carry on her legacy all the days of their lives.

Joy began her career as an aide at Unioto Elementary. She worked there for four years before moving to Waverly. She would then proceed to work the next 43 years as an elementary secretary in the Waverly City School District. She loved her job and throughout the many years touched and inspired thousands of lives.

After retirement, she successfully ran for a seat on the Chillicothe City School Board. She just completed her 7th year as an active member. She also served 2 years on the Pickaway-Ross Joint Vocational School Board.

Joy was predeceased in death by her parents, her brother Bob Brown, Father -in-law and Mother- in- law Myrl and Dorothy Shoemaker and Brother- in- law Keith Shoemaker.

She is survived by her husband Ronnie, children John (Jackie) Shoemaker, Steve (Angela) Shoemaker and Lisa (Dannie D) Easterday. Grandchildren Kayla (Casey Hoorelbeke), Jenna (Jeremy Huey) Shoemaker, and Nick Easterday. Great granddaughter Coraline Hoorelbeke. Niece Ann McCullough and family.

Brothers- in- law Mike (Kathy) Shoemaker, Kevin (Barb) Shoemaker and Mick (Polly) Shoemaker. Sisters- in-law Kathy Shoemaker, Brenda (Bob) Finnessy and Deb (Bob) Shoemaker Leach. Along with a host of loving nieces and nephews on the Shoemaker side. Marsha (Frank) Breeden who was like a daughter to her. Longtime family friend Connie (Frank) Thompson. Family member Vicki Shoemaker. A special family Kelli, Jason, Ava and Ireland Warrens. Also, countless good friends and acquaintances.

Joy was a hardworking, strong, determined, caring and giving person. She was dedicated to her family, friends, neighbors and community.

She loved people and all that life had to offer.

Watching sports especially high school basketball was her favorite pastime. She was a fixture on Friday nights in the gym cheering for the team she so proudly adorned.

Joy's forte was going the 'extra' mile for those she loved, those in need and for causes she believed in. She attacked each day with enthusiasm and purpose.

There will never be another like her. If you knew her you will agree. She will be sadly missed, but never forgotten.

A public graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Twin Township Cemetery with Rev. Dr. Jason Link officiating. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are under the direction of the WARE FUNERAL HOME.

You may sign her online register at

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church 13 Mead Drive Chillicothe, Ohio 45601.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Chillicothe Gazette from Jan. 2 to Jan. 4, 2021.
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January 9, 2021
Joy was A Joy to Know! Very consistently & sincerely Nice & personable!
Prayers, and condolences to Ron & their family!

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January 6, 2021
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Kelli Warrens
January 5, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Rosemary Mc Calla
January 4, 2021
Joy, was so kind to be during my very first year of teaching. I taught kdg. at Waverly West Elementary. As you said, in the kind words about her life, she will not be forgotten.
Becky Douthitt
January 4, 2021
Our condolences to the family. So sorry to hear of Joys passing. She was such a nice and considerate person. She would always have some sort of compliment that would make a person feel better. I always looked forward to seeing Joy and Ron walk into the gym at the basketball games. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Mike and Janet Barbee
January 4, 2021
Ron and all the family, My condolences for the passing of Joy. Joy was a long time acquaintance and friend who never failed to bring a smile to my face when we met. She was the epitome of a truly good person!
Dick Richter
January 4, 2021
Ron and Family: I am saddened to hear of Joy's passing. She was such a kind sweet person. She came to me for her hair when I opened my Salon in the Emmitt House. (Jason Michael Studio) in 1980. It was always a pleasure working with her. Like so many Ron was my principal in High school so I knew the family pretty well just living blocks away from each other. Love and prayers to you. Jason Michael Frey
Jason Michael Frey
January 4, 2021
Such a wonderful lady! Prayers for all of her family!
Dwight Massie
January 3, 2021
You are all in our thoughts and prayers in this time of need. Take care all of you.
The Stone Family
Leland, Jackie, Lee and Larry
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