Joy Ruth Carter McKay went home June 9, 2008.

She was born Nov. 13, 1911 in Logan, Ark., one of eight children. Her mother died during the flu epidemic in 1919. Her father remarried, increasing the family to 13. Joy and her two older sisters worked in the cotton fields for 50 cents a day just to help put food on the table and buy school clothes. She graduated as valedictorian in 1930 in Stilwell, Okla.

She married William Arnold McKay on Sept. 6, 1933. They moved to Sunnyside in 1938 and to Seattle during war time to work in the shipyards. They returned to Sunnyside in 1946 and bought a small farm and raised their family.

Joy and Arnold were active lifetime members of the Assembly of God Church. She taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and was actively involved in women's ministries. She was an exemplary wife, mother and homemaker, mentor and grandma. She was truly a JOY! With that name, she had a lot to live up to, and she did, 96 1/2 years!

She is survived by one sister, Letha Naomi McKay; two daughters, Leah Karen Bennett and Sherry Jean Speer (John); seven grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.A. McKay; and son-in-law, Gary W. Bennett.

Her life will be celebrated with a family reunion.


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