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Joy Mae (McClellan) Tinsley


1929 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
Joy Mae (McClellan) Tinsley Obituary
February 11, 1929 - January 29, 2018 Joy Mae passed away peacefully at age 88, on January 29th, surrounded by her family and friends. Joy was a loving mother to Merry, Troy and Paul and their spouses John, Kathy and Meghan. She was a proud and adoring grandmother to Nick, Ryan, Nina and Abby. Joy is survived by her loving husband, Sherman McClellan, and his children Betsy, Tom and Bill, and their families. Sherm and Joy Mae, longtime friends and neighbors, were married in 2006 in Silverlake. Joy Mae was born in Oakland, CA, on Feb. 11, 1929 to her parents, Mary Leeper Wilke Kellogg and Arden Matthews. She was predeceased by her parents, and her brother Richard, as well as her first husband, Walton Eugene (Gene) Tinsley, in 1999. Joy was an amazing wife, an incredibly devoted mother and grandmother, and a friend to many, many people. Joy's house was always open to those who needed a place to stay. Some stayed a few days, others years. These people became part of her family and remained friends forever. Joy was a longtime member of Silverlake Community Church, and she devoted countless hours to committees and volunteering as well as connecting with friends. She was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and the friendships she made in this group lasted decades. Wonderfully, with Sherm's help, she was able to join the group for a meeting the week before she passed. She grew up in Hermosa Beach and attended Whittier College and USC before moving to Silverlake with Gene in 1961 and raising her 3 children. Joy became an avid collector of antique Valentines and proudly shared her collection with varied organizations throughout her life. Joy was a woman of genuine kindness and optimism, who always found a way to see things in a positive light. She had a way of pulling her family and friends in close and creating annual traditions that will be dearly missed. Joy loved to travel throughout her life, particularly to learn about new places and cultures and visit friends wherever she went. Over the years, Joy and Sherm accomplished many epic road trips throughout the western US and Canada, visiting family, old friends and treasured cousins. A memorial service will be held to celebrate Joy Mae's life on Saturday, February 24 at 2pm at Silverlake Community Church, 2930 Hyperion Ave., Los Angeles. A Valentine's tea will follow in the church's Fellowship Hall. Joy was a generous supporter of many different charities throughout her life. If you wish to donate in her memory, please choose a charity that is close to your heart.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Feb. 6 to Feb. 7, 2018
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