Obituary: Joyce Maberry

Joyce Dinean Maberry died Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, in Kingman. She was 86. Joyce was born March 19, 1925, to Deloris and Leonard Creasy in El Paso, Texas. She moved to Mineral Park, Ariz., from Dow, Okla., in 1939 and completed high school at Mohave County Union High School.

She met a young cowboy, Jack Maberry, who swept her off her feet in 1939 and they were married in Kingman in 1941. During WWII, she was a secretary for the Gunnery School at the Kingman Air Field until her husband, Jack, returned from the South Pacific Theater at the end of the war. They lived in Chloride and raised their family of six daughters.

Joyce was a member of the Chloride School Board, was a fundraiser for the March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society and was Registrar of Voters in Chloride for many years. She was an excellent seamstress and sewed beautiful clothes for her family and friends. The meals she prepared were culinary delights and enjoyed by all who entered her home.

She was school secretary for the Chloride Elementary School and then for the Dolan Springs Elementary School.

She retired as the Assistant Post Master from the Chloride Post Office in 2000.

Joyce was a member of Chloride Baptist Church and was the pianist there until an acute stroke forced her into assisted living in August 2011.

Joyce is survived by her children, Brenda Gay (Ralph) Bubak of Valley View, Texas, Linda Kay Woods of Kingman, Jackie (Bill) Abbott of Kingman, Meg (Tom) Moody of Kingman; her grandchildren, Curt, Dee, Kim, Greg, Kerry, Jeff, Michelle, Jack and Sarah; 22 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandsons; brother, James (Penny) Creasy of Grand Junction, Colo.; sisters, Annette Nelson of Willows, Calif., and Sarah Nelson of Mohave Valley; and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Joyce was preceded in death by her father Leonard in 1933; daughter Debbie in 1967; daughter Joy in 1992; husband Jack in 1993; and mother Deloris in 1995.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, followed by the service at 2 p.m. at College Park Baptist Church, 1990 E. Jagerson Ave.