Joy Gili

Joy Gili of Carlyle, Illinois passed away on Sunday, January 14, with her loving daughter by her side. Joy was born on March 10, 1934 in Breese, Illinois. She was the daughter of late theater owner Dominic Gili and business woman Erna Auge Gili.

Excelling in retail sales in her youth, she used her conversational skills to branch into radio and television, and she was the first woman to graduate from the broadcasting school she attended. Her love for children later lead Joy to teaching. Although her degree in English from Lindenwood College prompted positons as a High school speech and drama instructor. She only retired from teaching after having the opportunity to teach second grade. She rounded out her life as a homemaker and a foster for rescued cats. Joy loved her adopted home in Nashville, NC, but will be laid to rest next to her beloved father in Carlyle, Illinois.

Joy leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughter, Celeste Jelie Owens of Keywest, Fl.

A Graveside Service will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 2:00 PM, St Mary Catholic Cemetery Carlyle, Illinois.

Arrangements entrusted to Zieren Funeral Home, 1111 Clinton Street, Carlyle, IL 62231. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

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