Joy Marie King
1938 - 2021
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Joy Marie King
Joy Marie King passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa, at the age of 82. Joy was born March 16, 1938, in Palmyra, Iowa, to George and Gladys (Grossnickle) McAninch.
Joy graduated from Norwalk High School where she was a stand-out basketball player. Joy put her heart and soul into raising her children, Sue, Shelly, Steve & Shawn, eventually making her home in Nevada, IA. And her love absolutely blossomed when she became a Grandma and Great-Grandma. Her love for children did not stop with her own. She became an honorary mom to many of her children's friends, earning her the beloved nickname "Mama Joy".
Joy was very hard-working not just with raising a family. She was a talented administrative assistant for many years and completed her career at Iowa State University where she supported the Secondary Education Department.
She loved cooking and baking. Her recipes were legendary, and she poured love into all her dishes. Christmas was an especially wonderful time when Joy showered her family and friends with hundreds of homemade cookies and candies.
She was a huge sports and activities enthusiast. From sports to music, Joy was always there cheering on her children, grand-children, and great grand-children. There was no greater fan.
Joy's name perfectly described her demeanor. She loved to laugh, tell jokes, and make people blush and those around her were happier for knowing her.
Joy is survived by her love, Pete Steven; brother, Dwayne McAninch; sister, Marilyn Hogue; children, Susan (Bob) Sandvold, Shelly Fisher, Steve (Melissa) King, Shawn King; 8 grandchildren, Laura (Gary) Hagler, Ryan Fisher, Matt Sandvold, Emily (Josh) Borwick, Lily King, Ethan King, Connor King, Jillian King; 4 great-grandchildren, Abby Willardson, Dustin Hagler, Amber Hagler, Logan Hagler.
Joy was preceded in death by her parents, George and Gladys McAninch; brother, George A McAninch.
The family will hold a private graveside service for Joy at the Avon Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at
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Published in Nevada Journal from Feb. 4 to Feb. 11, 2021.
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February 8, 2021
I remember Joy when we were young girls. The cousins in Corydon would get together in DesMoines and we all treasured those times together. Her parents were wonderful people.Shirf
Shirley Boswell Videtich
February 4, 2021
"Mama Joy" embodied her name. She came to my rescue more than once. I will cherish the memories and look forward to seeing her on the other side. My thoughts and prayers are with Shawn and the family.
grace smith
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