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PORTOLA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - A tech executive who helped take Amazon.com public as the Internet retailer's chief financial officer has died when her bicycle collided with a van in Northern California.

The California Highway Patrol confirmed Thursday that 50-year-old Joy Covey of Woodside died Wednesday's after the van turned in front of her in rural San Mateo County. She was 50.

Covey joined Amazon in 1996, serving as its CFO, then chief strategy officer, in the early days of Internet retailing. The company went public on May 14, 1997, with an initial public offering price of $18. Shares closed yesterday at a record $312.06.

After leaving Amazon in 2000, Covey became an independent investor and consultant and focused on environmental causes. She established the Beagle Foundation and worked with the Natural Resources Defense Council.




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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune on Sep. 20, 2013.
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May 15, 2017
Judy, I am so shocked and sad to finally hear of Joy's passing. My memory of her goes way back to her early years (5thgrade). Yes, awkward years. She was so intelligent and full of life. Later, I happened to see a story about her on the front of a magazine. I was quite impressed how much she had accomplished in her young life. Since that time I have been expecting to hear of her further accomplishments. So sad to find her life was cut short. Take care. Her spirit will always be remembered.
Karen Hoy Randall
November 8, 2016
Valenda Newell
February 25, 2014
to my beautiful sister...know that i'm so sorry this tragedy befell you and i will not let it go without consequences! i love you joy!
judy collins
November 9, 2013
Joy, you will be surely missed in this world. It was a pleasure to have met you in Salt Lake City when you were living in Park City. I had no idea we were neighbors in the Bay Area.

With deep prayers, Arlene Samen, Founder One Heart World Wide
Arlene Samen
November 3, 2013
So sorry for your loss!
Bruce & Ila Bowman
October 10, 2013
dear joy, may you be with christ and daddy in heaven above...losing him, then shaggy, then you...it's too much to bear and i miss you so much!
judy collins
October 10, 2013
joy was my sister! we were so different in so many ways but i loved her so very much and admired her courageous spirit, always doing extreme sports and taking her wonderful son on exotic trips. they even rescued animals. tyler loved animals and is keenly intelligent, maybe even more so than his mother, if that's possible! he's in good hands, being raised by his father and stepmom in joy's house, to keep his life as undisrupted as possible. i miss her so and find it difficult to eat or sleep or stop crying. joy knew how much i loved her and always will. i hope she's with my father who died only 2 years ago. of all the people to die, joy was so young and fit and did so much for the environment. miss you sister!
judy collins
September 30, 2013
SOO SORRY BUTCH COVEY MARSHALL TX
September 29, 2013
You will be miss
Johnnie Selvie
September 28, 2013
Resting in the arms of Jesus
Cheryl Blackmon
September 27, 2013
I'm so sorry for this horrible tragedy. John 5:28.
September 27, 2013
RIP Sweet Lady
September 26, 2013
So young so sad
pat mvcarthy
September 26, 2013


I read the story about Joy Covey, I have never been so moved by a story and
what Joy had accomplished. I truly believe there should be a movie made with
her story. They look at woman as a minority and I don't agree.

Joy challenged her chosen professional career no differently then any person
would. She joined an enormous machine “Amazon” that has become an American
vision around the world. Joy was the team player with Jeff Bezos that I am sure
will never be forgotten.

Earth is whispering that Joy has left so much behind, she
will never be forgotten.

Be Well,


Sharon Kleyne
Founder and Chairman
Bio Logic Aqua Research
September 25, 2013
A Brilliant and beautiful woman which If possible will still find a way to make a difference on the other side. She is gonna be the Guardian to have.
Karen Hughes
September 25, 2013
anaymous
September 24, 2013
Dear Joan - I have just read of Joy's heartbreaking death. I am so, so sorry. I have lost your address, but if you have time and inclination, I would love to hear from you. Amanda Mackay Smith, 103 West Main, #302/402, Durham, NC 27701 amandajoanms@gmail.com 919 688-5345.
September 24, 2013
Experiencing the death of a loved one is never a joyous occasion. May you find peace in knowing that soon, our creator will completely remove death forever. (1 Corinthians 15:26)
September 24, 2013
"God is our refuge and strength...(Psalms 46:1) May the depth of your faith and the love of those who share your loss comfort you at this time of sadness.
September 24, 2013
I met Joy and Tyler last summer. Amazing woman, amazing mother. Very sad, especially for Tyler.
Tim Sylvester
September 23, 2013
My deepest sympathy goes out to all of Joy's family and friends and especially Tyler. Thank you Joy for being part of my life and sharing your love of animals with me. Having you and tyler over to feed the animals was always a treat and I loved hearing about all of your adventures whenever I saw you. You were an amazing and beautiful woman and the world was a better place with you in it. <3
Kim Lange
September 23, 2013
sincere condolence to you.May God soothe your heart......nc
September 23, 2013
I knew her and worked with her at Arthur Young and Company. She was the smartest person I had ever met.

My condolences to the family. truly an amazing person.
Brian Ringler
September 23, 2013
Joy was a phenomenal lady and mother. It is heart wrenching to experience the loss of her.
Ayne Taylor
September 23, 2013
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
September 23, 2013
REST IN PEACE BEAUTIFUL GIRL.
JULIE ROSARIO
September 23, 2013
I am so sorry for the tragic loss of this extraordinary person, Joy Covey.
Though I did not know her, I can just imagine the pain your family feels at this very sad time, and I will keep you
and especially her son, Tyler, in my thoughts and prayers.
Mary Christine Walker
September 22, 2013
my heart goes out to the family.I did not know here I am a cycylist as well god bless all the family.
frank t
September 22, 2013
So very sorry for your loss!! There are no words. You raised an awesome lady and I am sure she is playing with the precious animals that have passed over the rainbow bridge :) Remember the blessings, God bless your family.
Lisa Bisogne
September 22, 2013
Deep condolences to your family in the death of Ms. Covey. May the God comfort be there for you during your time of sorrow.
September 22, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Olevia Taylor
September 22, 2013
We were so very sorry to read of this tragic accident. May "the God of all comfort" (2 Cor. 1:3) be with all those mourning at this time.
M & S
September 22, 2013
Please accept my sympathy for your loss. May all be comforted by the wonderful promise: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more. Neither mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."
September 22, 2013
My heart goes out to the family of Joy. May you find comfort in the word of Jeremiah 29:12 - "And you will certainly call me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you."
September 22, 2013
So very sorry....God bless you & all your loved ones!
Ruth
September 22, 2013
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Richard Cooper
September 22, 2013
With deepest sympathy to the Covey family during your time of grief...God is for you a "refuge and strength," A help that is there to be found during difficult times...May God provide you with "peace and comfort" to endure the days ahead...(Psalm 62:8).
September 22, 2013
We are sorry to hear of such a tragic accident our prayers are with the family
She will be missed,[accept my condolence
Irv.
September 22, 2013
I am sorry to here of such an untimely death of a young person. May the God of all comfort be with you . Isaiah 61:2
September 22, 2013
Rest in peace Joy ~ Thank you for doing so much for this world. God bless your family with peace and comfort knowing their beautiful angel is watching over them. Rest in peace Super Brilliant Woman <3
Deb K.
September 22, 2013
R.I.P.
christine Dixon
September 21, 2013
So sorry for your loss,a very Beautiful
Lady.Heaven has a new Angel.
William Hurndon
September 21, 2013
Rest in peace...thanks you for living out loud and for all you did for the environment. You will be missed!!
Kim Livingston
September 21, 2013
Joy Covey is one of those almost-once-in-a-lifetime good people for our planet. bless her.
boswell taylor
September 21, 2013
May she rest in peace. She had to be a good person, devoting her time to precious animals.
Phyllis Moore (Greenville NC)
Phyllis Moore
September 21, 2013
Rest my Dear. You are in God's arms. You need not worry anymore...God is with your Family . Peace comes slowly. But we will all meet again....
Pamela Norman
September 21, 2013
I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of Revalation 21:4 and Psm 34:17-18 will bring you comfort in these difficult times. I'm sure your love one would appreciate this future hope.
nicole
September 21, 2013
What an awesome life cut way too short. My condolences to the family.
Christy Andrews
September 21, 2013
in God's care rest in peace
Dwayne Bickham
September 21, 2013
I am so sorry, my thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.
Sincerely, Ruth Birtwell
September 21, 2013
Condolences to the Covey Family. She is in Great Hands.
Pat
September 21, 2013
My condolences to the COVEY family. this is a great loss to the cycling community. may the God off all comfort help your family to endure during this time of grief.
September 21, 2013
Unforseen occurences, my condolences, to the family, this is a difficult and painful experience, may the God of all comfort, comfort you, may you find srength and courage to endure.
mary holmes
September 21, 2013
What a tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Joy. May she rest in peace.

BHarris - Atlanta, Georgia
September 21, 2013
Please accept my sincere condolences . May you always rtreasure the loving memories .
John 5:28
Judith
September 21, 2013
May the trials above be filled with delight. You shall be missed.
Sonny Yakup
September 21, 2013
my heart gos out to the family for your lost
Leo Brown
September 21, 2013
May God comfort the friends and family in your time of need. We look forward to the future when tragedy like this will be a thing of the past. Matt 6:9,10
BC
September 21, 2013
My condolences to the Covey family. May you find comfort from God's word recorded at Ecclesiastes 9:5, 10 regarding the loss of your loved one.
September 21, 2013
We lost a real good one here. My condolences to the family. R.I.P., Joy.
Scott Preston
September 21, 2013
May God bless Joy's friends and family her name "Joy" must have been just the word to describe her spirit and life here on earth. She achieved so much in such a short time and I am know she is with our Lord in Heaven.
David Allen
September 21, 2013
Joy, You made such a difference in this world. God Bless you. My deepest sympathy to your family.
Julie Sutek
September 21, 2013
My deepest condolences to the family, may God comfort you all in this difficult time.
September 21, 2013
So sorry for your tragic loss, the world has lost a very special person. I hope you can take comfort in Gods wonderful promise to reunite us with the loved ones we have lost, in a world without suffering, pain, and death.
"God himself will...wipe out every tear from their eye and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away"
Until this wonderful time arrives, I hope you can take comfort in your wonderful memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family
Tess
September 21, 2013
To the family of Joy Covey. Words can't express the sorrow I feel for you loss. I am deeply sorry for your loss. May the peace of God and your treasured memories remain in your hearts.-Psalm 65:2.
M. Smith
September 21, 2013
Saddened...
Bob Hightower
September 21, 2013
I am so deeply sorry for your loss. What a remarkable woman. She died doing what she like to do and that is what life is all about. She died living life to the fullest. Rest in peace. I hope and pray that in time her Son will be okay. May her memory live forever.
September 21, 2013
What a lose you will be missed so much DONT TAKE LIFE FOR GRANITE ITS REALLY TO SHORT. I PRAY FOR THE FAMILY FOR THERE GREAT LOSE
DAVID BARNES
September 21, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time of loss. May you find comfort in knowing that God is near those broken in heart and those crushed in spirit he saves.
Fran
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Covey Family,
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us comfort YOUR hearts. Doing this most sorrowful time.
Friends
September 21, 2013
To the entire Covey family. I'm so sorry for your loss. May the God who gives peace be with you all in this time of sorrow. Rom. 15:33.
G. Jones
September 21, 2013
Joy is in God's memory. He knows the pain we suffer when someone we love dies. Psalm 103:14
Donner
September 21, 2013
May the God of all comfort and peace be with the family of Joy.May her fond memories stay close to your hearts.
Cynthia
September 21, 2013
So sorry for your lost. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jean Cobb
September 21, 2013
God bless you ~
September 21, 2013
Dear family,
Find comfort in these words find in john65:28,289
My sincere sympathy
Gisele
September 21, 2013
Keeping You Close in Caring Thoughts and Prayers. Though your heart must hold deep sadness at the loss of the one you loved, may it also hold the blessings of the life you shared and the love that will always be a part of you.....Praying that God will comfort your heart, uplift your spirit, and carry you through this time of sadness to a place of peace. With Deepest Sympathy
ALLEN
September 21, 2013
OUR SYMPATHY TO ALL OF HER FAMILY MAY GOD BLESS UOU
SUSIE
September 21, 2013
Rest in peace
DStallings
September 21, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
DStallings
September 21, 2013
The God of comfort reassures us that pretty soon he will cleanse the earth of all suffering including death. Joy will be able to enjoy the earth perfect as God had originally purpose, Psl 37: 9-11
Sincerely
September 21, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
irene rev.21;4
September 21, 2013
May the God who gives peace, comfort the family and friends of Joy at this time.
ROM 15:33

Sincerely, Dee
September 21, 2013
My deepest sympathies goes out to the families ,friends and associates of Joy.May the God of comfort help us to endure in this time of grief. Isaiah :10,13 Seta. Ny
September 21, 2013
The good die young,how true
David Matweecha
September 21, 2013
My deepest sympathies for the loss of Joy. Her courageous stand for the protection of the earth's environment is to be admired. May God's promise of world conditions in the future help you through this difficult time. (Ps. 37:10,11)
T C
September 21, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
PRESTON JENKINS
September 21, 2013
So Sad. Such a loss.
September 21, 2013
Joy will be missed by everyone who knew her. She was such an amazing caring person. My heart breaks for Tyler her 8 yr old son. I will always remember you joy and your beautiful smile.
Kim Lange
September 21, 2013
My deepest sympathy, To all of Joy's family and friends,A remarkable woman left this world too soon. Thank you Joy for your devotion to the environment.
Katherine M.
September 21, 2013
with deep sorrow john 5:8,29
a,m
September 20, 2013
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Gary Moore
September 20, 2013
What a woman<
R J
September 20, 2013
Sorry for the lost of your friend. She was a very talented individual. May God be with you all and comfort you. It appears that world has lost a friend.
Francean Lott
September 20, 2013
christ be with you an in your spiritual life@V-Valdez
September 20, 2013
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