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Joy O. Hunt

1927 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Joy O. Hunt Obituary
JOY O. HUNT As gracefully as she lived her entire life Mom slipped her earthly bounds late the evening of March 15th and with her next breath was in the presence of our Lord. Joy Oubre Hunt, born January 5th, 1927 to Martha Emaline and Whitney Joseph Oubre in Plaquemine , Louisiana. She married Clarence Thomas [Tom] Hunt on August 10,1943 and proceeded to join him as a supportive spouse, lover, dance-partner, and friend as they traveled throughout his military career with daughter, LindaJoy (Brown) and son, Thomas Ray II, keeping up, experiencing the world, and enjoying the ride as much as their parents. Mom used to say of dad's 24 years in the USAF that we had everything but money. Joy Hunt stood under the dome in the Sistine Chapel, studied Michelangelo's brush strokes, strolled the marble floors of the Louvre, admired the spires of the Kremlin, watched with pride while husband Tom bartered with merchants in an Iranian market for the gold bangles she proudly wore the rest of her days, enjoyed making military housing a home for her family, and serving as an exemplary USAF Officer's wife in stations from post-WWII Hawaii, New Mexico, Greenham Common AFB Newbury England, Ft Riley Kansas, and finally March Air Force Base where post military retirement the family settled in Riverside. She was a stay-at-home mom & a world traveler, she enjoyed and excelled at teaching Bible school, PTA volunteerism, Grandparents committee at her grandchildren's schools, garment construction, oil painting at which she earned significant recognition, porcelain doll making (again award winning artist) and reading anything to do with biographies, the Arts, world history, and Jane Austin. She was preceded in death by infant daughter, Joy Nell; husband Tom in 1997; parents Martha and Whitney; sister Betty Jo, and brothers Paul and Jack. Joy is survived by daughter, LindaJoy (Joe) Brown of Mohave, Arizona; grandsons Lawrence J Bassett III (Jenna), Brennan Bassett (Julie) and great granddaughter, Emma Joy Bassett, all of the Seattle area; son, Tom (Geri; whom she loved as a daughter and respected as a wife & mother) of Riverside; granddaughters, her "angels", Whitney G. Hunt (San Francisco) and Taylore A. Hunt (London, England); younger brother Arthur Oubre of Bunkie, Louisiana, many loving and respectful nephews and nieces. In her time, Joy Oubre Hunt made a loving difference in the lives of her family and her friends, and she will be missed, never forgotten; and the difference she made will last beyond her time. The family wishes to thank the kind people who helped Mom to finish well, they include Meredith Friday, Karen Armstrong, Liz Knox, dear "sister-friend" Jan Berglund, the very caring people at Inland Empire Elderly Care, Pastor Mike Gann, her "other son" David Lanham, and the kind-hearted Linda & Gilbert Luna. In lieu of flowers etc, donations may be made to a scholarship fund that will be awarded annually to local teachers promoting Art History , (and from time to time the impact of Jane Austen's writing on early British and American feminism ) and their impact on our culture. Donations may be made in Joy Hunt's name and forwarded to: REEF, c/o RUSD, 3380 14th St., Riverside, California, 92501 . Mom will be interred with Dad in a private ceremony at Riverside National Cemetery, not far from our last Base-Housing stop. The master said, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!' Matthew 25:23. Well done Grandma Joy.

Published in Press-Enterprise on Mar. 26, 2014
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