Joy Moore Hogan was born on May 20, 1940, in Paducah, Texas. Joy grew up on a farm in Littlefield with her parents, Fredrick and Velva Moore and brothers, Dale and Gaylon. Joy’s life on the farm included: feeding chickens, milking cows and working in the cotton fields. She became a Christian at the age of 12 and was baptized in the country church they attended near the farm.
While in school, Joy was an avid reader and excelled at math. Joy’s love of reading continued throughout her life. She played basketball in high school which may have contributed to her obsession with the Lady Raiders Basketball team. Joy was such a Tech fan she once traveled with the Lady Raiders to Germany.
Joy married Jim Hogan on March 20, 1970, and the 52-year love affair began. Joy and Jim found pleasure in taking family vacations and annual trips to Inks Lake State Park. She often reflected on the many fond memories of camping, waterskiing, boating and feeding the deer at the lake with friends and family.
During the busy years of raising a family she worked in the cotton industry until she took over the bookkeeping of the family-owned asphalt company. She had a gift for accounting and financial details. Her love of reading expanded her vocabulary which helped her complete her daily crossword puzzles. She liked daisies, butterflies, and supporting the Texas Girls and Boys Ranch .
Joy had two girls, Edwina and Shelley. She delighted in watching her daughters participate in high school and college events, get married and raise their own children. Joy cherished time with her grandchildren - Britney, Calvin, Camry and great grandsons- Beau and Teddy. Joy looked forward to traveling to see them and their families for holidays, birthdays, sporting events, graduations, and hanging out at the lake house.
Joy loved traveling and some highlights included:
Swimming with dolphins in Hawaii. Historical tours on cruise excursions of the East Coast. A Mexico cruise and watching cliff divers, pottery making, and going to local markets. A trip to Europe organized for Texas Tech Lady Raider Fans. Taking in the beautiful scenery on a cruise to Alaska. She truly appreciated the beauty of all the places she traveled.
In her retirement years, Joy’s morning ritual began with a cup of coffee while completing her crossword puzzle then reading her daily devotional. She routinely looked forward to hosting pool parties in the backyard and fish fry gatherings at the lake. When health permitted, she was active in the pillow ministry and game day at her church. In recent times, Joy and Jim faithfully attended church from home. She had a strong faith and a unique sense of humor.
To those who were around her regularly, you will recognize a few of her common phrases:
“God is not ready to put up with me yet”
“I’m fine” when ask if she needed anything as to not be a burden
and when ask about her health - “I am in good shape, for the shape I’m in”
“When it is my time, it’s my time”
She is survived by her husband- Jim Hogan; daughter-Edwina Townsend, daughter and her husband - Shelley and Todd Tardy; Grandchildren - Britney Ware and husband Chris, Calvin Tardy, Camry Tardy, and Great Grandsons Beau and Teddy Ware.
Services are entrusted to the professionals of Grace Funeral Care Inc.