Obituary: Bessie Jane Joy

Bessie Jane Joy, 92, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Asbury Park in Newton, Kan. She was born Oct. 28, 1925, in Buffalo, Kan., to Jessie Ivan and Lottie I. (Reed) Robinson. She married Herbert Key in 1943; they were later divorced, and he preceded her in death. She later married Ray “Jack” Joy, and he also preceded her in death.

Bessie was a long time active member of the St. Mary Catholic Church. Bessie always had a warm smile and hug for her friends and family. She made many new friends over the years she has had care at Asbury Park in Newton.

Bessie is survived by her daughters, Irene Wise and Betty Behnke, both of Hutchinson, and Janneane Keene of Florida; brothers, Raymond (Betty) Robinson Neosho Falls, Kan., Franklin Robinson of California; sister, Laurine (Joe) James of Oklahoma City, Okla.; sister in law, Leota Robinson of Buffalo, Kan.; sister in law, Carlin Robinson of Pittsburg, Kan., and David Heide of Oklahoma City, Okla. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her caregiver and friend Robert Davis of Newton and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; brothers, Carl, Johnnie, Ivan Jr. Floyd, Leonard and Lloyd; and sisters, Lottie, Florine and Lois; and a grandson, Nathaniel Isom.

Funeral Mass will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Newton, with the Reverend Nicholas Voelker presiding. Visitation was 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, with recitation of the Rosary at 6 p.m. at Petersen Funeral Home. The family received friends following the Rosary. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Buffalo Cemetery in Buffalo, Kan., with the Reverend Daniel Vacca presiding.

Memorials are suggested to St. Mary Catholic Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

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