KEARNEY -- Joy Mae (DeOss) Burton Arendell , 76, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2006 at Mount Carmel Nursing Home in Kearney.
Joy was born April 24, 1929 to Francis Henry and Ollie Mae (McClellan) DeOss in Holbrook. Joy was the third of four children.
Joy grew up in Holbrook and attended Holbrook Public School graduating in 1947. In 1948 Joy completed training as an Airline Communications Stenographer in Omaha.
On Oct. 8, 1948, Joy married Ralph Myrl Burton. To this union five children were born; Jacqueline Rae, Ralph Michael, Max Dewayne, William Joe and Joy Lynn. As a single parent in the 1970s, Joy often worked two jobs at once in order to support her children. On Sept. 27, 1976, Joy married Gilbert LeRoy (Roy) Arendell. Joy worked as a nurse's aide, as well as at TRW, Dayco and Cornbelt Chemical prior to her retirement.
Joy was a member of the Evangelical Free Church in McCook, and she treasured the friendship and support shown to her. Joy was a loving and positive force in her children's lives, and always encouraged them to achieve as much as possible. Although Joy's life was hard at times, she kept her faith in God, her sense of humor and did the best she could. Joy delighted at the birth of each grandchild, and enjoyed spoiling them as much as she could. In 1995, Joy moved into Plum Creek Care Home in Lexington. In 1997, Joy moved to Mount Carmel Nursing Home in Kearney, where she lived until her death.
Joy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roy on Oct. 5, 1985; sister, Mary Lou Walker on Sept. 4, 1993; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Jack (Lola) DeOss; and a niece, Ramona (Walker) Allerheiligen on Oct. 4, 1993.
Joy is survived by her children, Jacque Shepherd of Kearney, Ralph "Mike" Burton of Idaho Springs, Colo., Max Burton of McCook, William "Bill" Burton and wife, Sunni of Lexington and Joy Lynn Solko and husband, Patrick of Herndon; her brothers, Jack DeOss of Holbrook and William "Joe" DeOss of Garden Grove, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Carpenter Breland Chapel in McCook with Pastor Eddie Wright officiating. Inurnment will be at the Indianola Cemetery.
Memorials may be given in her name.
Friends may sign her book at the funeral home during business hours Thursday or send condolences online at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.