In Memory of Joy Lee Murray

Joy  Lee Murray
Joy Lee Murray
Born: October 19, 1943
Died: October 9, 2015
Age: 71
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Joy Lee Murray
October 19, 1943 - October 9, 2015
From: Nevada, IA

Joy Murray, age 71, of Nevada, died at her home on Friday, October 9, 2015. 

Graveside funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at the Ames Municipal Cemetery in Ames.  Chaplain Katherine Werner will officiate.  Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Ryan Funeral Home in Nevada.  

Joy Lee Murray was born in Boone, Iowa, on October 19, 1943, the daughter of Vernon and Melivina (Griffith) Sprague.  She grew up and received her education in Ames, and was united in marriage to Charles R. Crook.  The couple was blessed with four children:  Julie, Raymond, Vernon, and Ruby.  Charles later passed away.  

Joy was employed over the years as a nurses’ assistant, first at Bethany Manor in Story City and later at the Story County Hospital.  She also volunteered at Long Term Care in Nevada. 

On November 6, 1982, Joy married Floyd Thomas Murray at Memorial Lutheran Church in Nevada.  Tom passed away on January 14, 2000.  Joy was a lifelong resident of Story County, and lived in Nevada for over 35 years. 

She is survived by two sons, Raymond Crook of Carroll, and Vernon Crook of Nevada; 12 grandchildren; two brothers, Paul Janssen of Gilbert and Bob Sprague of Eagle Grove; three sisters, Nancy Manke of Nevada, Patty Tolle of Ames, and Kay Jackson of Texas; as well as many nieces, nephews and other extended family members. 

In addition to her husbands, Joy was preceded in death by her parents; two daughters, Julie Crook and Ruby Crook; and her sister, Evelyn Ellis. 

Ryan Funeral Home of Nevada has been entrusted with the care of Joy and her family.


Friday, October 16, 2015 at 9:47 AM
“My sincere sympathies on your loss. I only knew Joy from Wellness exercises at SCMC in Nevada. She had a very generous and loving heart and always seemed to be doing for others. She will be missed by many.”
- Kathy Hayes
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 10:13 AM
“My prayers and sympathy are with you all who are missing your dear Joy! I hope you find comfort in knowing your tears of sadness will be done away with shortly, replaced with tears of joy when you are reunited with her. John 5:28, 29 JW.ORG ”
- Abrooks
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 10:13 AM
“My sincere your condolences on your loss. May you find some solace from the words found at Revelation 21:4. Soon the pain and sorrow we experience with the death of a loved one will be no more. ”
- Y. McBeath
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 10:13 AM
“Aunt Joy was such a great person. Her love for others radiated from her. I will always cherish the memories and time I got to spend with her. She gave us Christmas ornaments every year and this year it will be really sad hanging those on the tree, but it will be a good reminder of her love. ”
- Jessi and Andy Neilsen
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 8:05 AM
“I am proud to say that Joy was my sis in law an ex but she was still family and "my sis" ~ She had a big heart and thought of others before herself. Joy will be missed dearly.
It will be the little things
that you will remember,
the quiet moments,
the smiles, the laughter.
And although it may seem
hard right now,
it will be the memories
of these little things
that help to push
away the pain
and bring the smiles
back again.”
- Kathleen Floyd
Monday, October 12, 2015 at 12:37 PM
“i will miss all the good times with my older sister love spending time with her will miss her smile no matter what it was there till the end ”
- patty
Monday, October 12, 2015 at 12:37 PM
“So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.”
- Diane Hartley
Monday, October 12, 2015 at 12:37 PM
“I am so sorry to hear of Joy Lee's passing. I loved my Aunt wish I could come to her Service but won't be able to make it. Please remember you all will be in my heart and prayers.”
- Elsie ( Griffith ) Roberts
Monday, October 12, 2015 at 12:37 PM
“To the family of Joy, I want to send my condolences, she was a wonderful woman , she was a kindhearted person, she was a very hard worker. I enjoyed working with her at long term care.
she was a good friend.”
- Rachele Smith
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Graveside Services
1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Ames Municipal Cemetery
Ames, Iowa


Chaplain Katherine Werner


11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Ryan Funeral Home
Nevada, Iowa


Ames Municipal Cemetery
Ames, Iowa