Stover, Joy

Joy Elaine Stover, 78, of rural Morenci, Mich., died July 6, 2019, at her home, surrounded by the loving comfort of her family while under the care of Great Lakes Caring Hospice.

She was born Oct. 5, 1940, to Guy and Thelma (Schoonover) Good.

She grew up in Morenci and graduated in 1958 from Morenci High School. On March 5, 1960, she married her beloved, Buddy Stover, in Metz, Ind., and he survives. She worked for many years at Morenci Rubber Products until its closing.

Joy was a very active member of the Hudson Wesleyan Church where she directed many children’s Christmas programs, taught Sunday school, and sang in the choir. She was a devout Christian. Everything she did was centered on that, and throughout her life she led many people to Christ. She enjoyed flowers and spending time in her yard and liked to sing and teach her grandkids. Joy loved to support her grandchildren and she traveled to many of their sporting events and activities.

In addition to her husband, Buddy, she is survived by her daughter, Lori (and Kevin) Wilson of Morenci; three sons, Todd (and Angela) Stover of Morenci, Sean (and Becky) Stover of Napoleon, Ohio, and Brandon (and Laura) Stover of Morenci; a sister, Ona Mohler of Morenci; 13 grandchildren, Melodee, Heather, Brittany, Tiffany, Nick, Ali, Eli, Tyler, Macey, Colton, Grant, Austin and Braylon; and six great-grandchildren, Jadyn, Madelyn, Gracelyn, Kane, Benjamin and Creed.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jeffrey Noel Stover; a grandson-in-law, Dusty Timberman; a brother, Merlin Good; and a sister who died in infancy, Sharon Good.

Visitation is planned from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Eagle Funeral Home in Morenci. Funeral services are scheduled at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Pastor Wesley Rowan officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Cemetery in Morenci.

Memorial contributions are suggested to Great Lakes Caring Hospice or Hudson Wesleyan Church Children’s Ministry.