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Joyce (Joy) Johnson Freeman


Joyce "Joy" Elaine Johnson Freeman, 93, of Coralville, Iowa, died July 4, 2018, at Windmill Manor.
Private graveside services have been held at Rose Hill Cemetery in Brookfield, Mo. To share a memory, thought or condolence with her family, please visit the funeral home website www.gayandciha.com. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer's Association in Joy's memory.
Joy was born on a farm near Forker,
Mo., on Jan. 21, 1925. Her parents were Paul E. Johnson and Nelle Louden Johnson. She graduated from the Forker school and attended Truman University in Kirksville, Mo., where she was the president of her sorority. She then taught briefly at the Purdin rural school. She then worked as a sales representative for Walsworth Publishing in Marceline, Mo., where she met and later married Kenneth G. Freeman of Marceline. They were married in Oklahoma City on Aug. 15, 1948. Joy resided in Knoxville, Iowa, for 43 years before moving to Tucson, Ariz., in 1993. Her husband Ken died in 2003 and Joy later moved to Iowa City and then to Windmill Manor in Coralville.
Joy is survived by her daughter, Virginia Gay (Dr. Robert) Blair of Iowa City; son, Jack of Oelwein, Iowa; granddaughters, Jennifer Blair (Ryan Dye) and Dr. Amy Blair (Robert Fiedler), both of Davenport, Iowa; and stepgreat-granddaughters, Elyse, Molly and Maddy Dye of Davenport. She was preceded in death by her infant sister, Virginia Lee Johnson; her parents; and her husband, Kenneth G. Freeman.
Joy was an excellent seamstress and weaver. She also painted and was a faithful member of the Methodist Church choir in Knoxville. She loved to entertain dinner guests with her Italian spaghetti.