On Friday, June 28, 2019, Joyce (Joy) Judith Wray passed away at St. Luke’s hospital in Boise, Idaho.
Joy was born to Emil and Helen Johnson on March 4, 1940, in Chicago. When Joy was 14, her family moved to Allegan, Mich. It was here that she met her future husband, David, at the age of 16. They were married Oct. 15, 1960.
Dave and Joy moved to Boise in 1970, for Dave’s job at IBM, and fell in love with Idaho. After years of vacationing in Sun Valley, they decided to make the Wood River Valley their permanent home when Dave retired in 2000.
Joy excelled at everything she did as a wife, mother and grandmother of triplets. She had a heart of gold and was open and friendly to everyone she met. Her greatest loves were spending time with her family, traveling and helping others. An example of her generosity was when she moved in with her daughter, Nicole, and son-in-law, Wayne, to help with their newborn babies for the first 18 months of their lives.
Joy’s mantra in life could be summed up in four simple words: “Don’t worry. Be happy.” She would have wanted everyone to celebrate the life she lived and not mourn her absence.
Joy is survived by her husband, David Wray, and two daughters, Nicole Gehring of Boise and Monica Wray of Ketchum.
Instead of flowers, Joy would have preferred donations be made to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or The Hunger Coalition.