Joye Leanoir Redding
March 7, 1938 - September 16, 2022
Joye Leanoir Redding of Sierra Vista, AZ, 84, passed from her life on earth to her home in heaven on September 16, 2022. Born on March 7, 1938 in Grove City, PA, to F. Kenneth and Gladys Mae White. Joye lived in Pennsylvania and Colorado before her family moved to Tucson, AZ in 1945. Joye graduated from Tucson High School in 1956, and from LaVerne College (CA) in 1960 with a Business Degree. Joye married Gary Redding in June 1960 at Palo Verde Baptist Church in Tucson, and they moved to Sierra Vista in the fall of 1961 where they have lived for 61 years and loved raising their family.
Joye was an example of a “Proverbs 31 woman,” who loved her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; loved her husband of 62 years; and loved her children, grand-children, and great grand-children. She was very involved and supportive of all the activities in which the families were involved. She loved to sew, cross-stitch, crochet, cook and bake for her family (her cookies were fantastic “trade bait” for school lunches).
After raising her family, she did substitute teaching and long-term subbing in the Sierra Vista Public Schools. She was a very active member in Sierra Vista Baptist Church, where she served in AWANA, Children’s ministry, church treasurer, deaconess ministry, hosting visiting missionaries, and with anything else that needed to be done. Joye also volunteered in the community with the Sierra Vista Community Chorus, the Huachuca Area Retired Teachers Association, organizing drivers and driving for Cochise Oncology, and at the Coronado Memorial. The highlights of her later years were playing dominoes with “the domino gang,” the many trips to see family, and the many cruises that she and Gary took with friends.
Joye is survived by her husband of 62 years, Gary; brother: Walter (Ginger) White of San Diego, CA; children: Jeannette (Phil) Hartung of Idaho Falls, ID; Keith (Pat) Redding of Hesston, KS; and Kevin (Chrissy) Redding of Phoenix, AZ; 5 grand-children: Rebecca Jones, Jared (Emma) Redding, Taylor (Morgan) Redding, Rachel (Thomas) Dean, and Cara Redding; and 5 great grand-children: Elliott, Robbyn, Micah, Colton, and Jackson. She is preceded in death by her parents, sister (Sylvia Mae Gay), and grand-daughter (Deborah Hartung).
A private graveside service for family will take place on September 30 at Cochise Memory Gardens with a Celebration of Life Service for friends and family on Saturday, October 22, at 2:00 PM at Sierra Vista Baptist Church, 215 W. Taylor Drive, Sierra Vista. In lieu of flowers, consider making a donation to your favorite charity.
The family wishes to thank all who shared their love, support, meals, and prayers during this difficult time. Special thanks go to the doctors and staff at Southwest Cancer Center and the loving care given by Casa de la Paz Hospice.
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