Joy Cole Corning

Des Moines, Iowa

Sep 7, 1932 – May 20, 2017


September 7, 1932
May 20, 2017
Des Moines, Iowa


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Joy Cole CorningDes MoinesNot many people get the luxury of writing their obituary but I do. So here goes: Joy Cole Corning was born Sept 7, 1932 and died on May 20, 2017. My parents were Ethel Sullivan Cole and Perry Aaron Cole. I had two younger siblings, Clark and Frank. I graduated from...

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A life well lived, well given and well loved. A role model to so many--even to those she barely knew or maybe met only once. Now she is off to her next adventure!

Joy was an inspiration. A life well lived..

A beautiful "addition" to your mother's humble account of her life. Your tribute captures her as I remember and I am grateful to have known her through two of her girls. Blessings to all three of you and to the rest of your family and friends.

We really became acquainted with your mom as Leon and your Dad worked together at AG Edwards. We were so proud of her as she served in our community on our school board, our state as senator and Lt. Governor. After your Dads's death, I would see her at 50/50 by 2020 meetings and look forward to reading her Christmas letter which updated us on how she continued to serve. The world is certainly a better place because of Joy. SHe will be missed by her family and the many organizations she gave...

Joy and her family have been family friends since shortly after we moved to Iowa in 1972. I have so many memories of her--all good and more than a few at pivotal points in my life. My heart mourns for the beautiful, resourseful, giving, and compassionate person she was. Carol, Claudia, and Ann, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

Joy and I were both on the board for Prevent Child Abuse Iowa. I have admired and appreciated her advocacy for children. She was a great lady.

Joy's daughter Claudia is a dear ISU friend and I was in her wedding. Being around Claudia's mother was always a 'true joy' as she was smart, kind and very interesting. (I remember when Joy was elected Lt. Governor, I watched from Wisconsin and felt proud to say I knew Joy Corning!)

Thinking of you Claudia, as well as your sisters and your families. I hope to see you when I am visiting Des Moines this weekend.

The Van Steenhuyse family shares your loss. We remember especially how Joy and our mother, Helen, worked together on Iowa Association of School Board issues and initiatives. They became fast friends. We are imagining them hugging and laughing together now, reunited in heaven, after lives of service and vision, well-lived. Losing Joy leaves a big hole but her legacy lives on, benefitting all Iowans. We will keep all of your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Positive and focused. Joy touched my life through her involvement in the Des Moines Symphony Association, the fight (particularly in 2010) to keep partisan politics and money out of the selection and retention of Iowa judges, and the Des Moines Public Library. She supported culture, believed in good government, and she fostered democratic access to knowledge and education. Never cynical nor negative, she brought hope, a positive attitude, and was prepared and followed through with whatever...