Joy Mahle Stone, age 95, of Imperial, MO passed away Saturday, November 7, 2020, at Green Park Senior Living, St. Louis, MO. A graveside service will be held at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 11 am., Saturday, November 14, 2020. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, plants, and other gifts, that a memorial donation be sent to the Mt. Auburn Cemetery Association in C/O Penny Slatton, Bradford National Bank, 100 East College Avenue, Greenville, IL.
Joy was born on March 26, 1925 in Greenville, IL to Clarence and Hazel (Turner) Mahle. She married Norman E. Stone on July 9, 1943 in Miami Beach, Florida. They were married 47 years before he died in 1990. She is survived by Greg (Beth) Stone of Greenville, Illinois; Jeff (Sue) Stone of Helena, Montana; Chris (Sherri McMahon) Stone of Raleigh, North Carolina; Jayne Machalek and husband, Steve of High Ridge, Missouri; a sister, Velora Sever of Santa Barbara, California; grandchildren, Shawn, Christopher, Seth, Kyle, Nori, Zack, Skyler, Willow, Wyatt, Carson; great grandchildren, Aiden, Asher, Penelope and Charles.
She grew up in Greenville and graduated Greenville High School in 1943. During high school she worked as a waitress at the Purity Café where she met her future husband. Norman served proudly in the United States Air Force retiring as a Major. They spent the first half of their married life stationed in various military bases throughout the US in which their kids were born at different bases. They raised their family in the Mulberry and Greenville area. Upon his retirement from the USAF, they built Cedar Brook Campground in Mulberry Grove, IL and owned the Greenville Bookstore. After her kids were grown, Joy worked at the FBC Greenville Daycare. After selling the store, they bought an RV and enjoyed staying at local campgrounds and were snowbirds in Florida. Her many and varied hobbies included being a staunch St. Louis Cardinal fan, sewing clothes, she had a beautiful alto voice and sang in many choirs over the years, enjoyed painting, planting flowers, visiting shut-ins, and she called the bingo numbers out at Fair Oaks Nursing Home. For many years, she was a member of the Mulberry Grove First Baptist Church, the Greenville First Baptist Church and the First Baptist Church of Arnold, Missouri.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norman, a son, David, in infancy; and six siblings, Mary, Oliver, Nina, June, Leslie, ReAnn.
Online condolences can be made at www.youngfh.net.