Nine years later, Joy was working at Sun and Fun, a woman’s dress shop. She was on her way to work at 9:30 a.m. and had parked her auto in a lot across the street from Citizen’s Bank. She was accosted by a mugger who knocked her down and snatched her purse. Her hip and wrist were broken.
The robber was arrested and jailed. Despite her pain and shock, Joy reacted in a way that was consistent with her Christian beliefs. She knew some of the men from Trinity Church who were active in a prison ministry. She called one of them and asked him to witness to the young man who had accosted her. “Tell him,” she said, “that I forgive him, but tell him about our Heavenly Father who is much more forgiving.”
The church man made the contact, and the young criminal was won. He later sent a letter of apology to Joy and her family. He was sent to prison, but he went with a far different outlook on life.
Three years ago Joy decided to move to Baptist Village. “My home in Ada was a three-story dwelling, and because of my injury, I could not manage the stairs.” When she moved, however, she brought with her the china, sterling flatware, and the fine linens that had lent beauty to her life previously. Her collection of 250 hats and innumerable elegant gowns were donated to the drama departments at Ada High and East Central University.
Joy works two days a week at a Christian Book Store and she maintains a ministry with college and young adults. She has almost finished with a book “Joy in the Womb.”
She uses Psalm 139 to minister to young couples in her church who are expecting a child. Her aim is to help them to provide spiritual and intellectual nourishment to their unborn children and to strengthen the union between the husband and wife.
When Joy looks back on her life she is grateful.
“Truly we are an extraordinary family. We have 13 grandchildren and four great-grands. All our couples are still married to their original spouses. I know God gets the credit, not us.”