Joy M.  Sanders
WELCOME - Joy M. (née Miller) Sanders, of the hamlet of Welcome, died on Aug. 26, 2019, following complications related to her long-term battle with cancer.
She was born on June 10, 1947, in Franklin Square, Long Island. She was the daughter of Adolph "Art" Miller and Alba Miller.
She served in the United States Navy from 1965 to 1968, and never lost her enthusiasm for travel.
She moved to California twice in her life, but always called New York her home. For many years she lived at her family's camp home in northwestern Otsego County.
Joy was active in a number of community organizations and ministries. She was a faithful member of St John Lutheran Church, West Burlington, serving as treasurer the last several years. St. John is a member congregation of the Otsego County Lutheran Parish.
Joy was a longtime member of the City of the Hills Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International. She had a strong lead voice and served on the board of directors and several committees. She sang with two of the chorus' quartets, "Fancy That" and "Four Day Weekend."
Joy had a wonderful sense of humor and a strong work ethic. Among other events, she participated in the annual Relay for Life to benefit cancer patients. As a veteran herself, she kept the care of her fellow veterans close to her heart. She inspired the chorus to add several patriotic songs to its repertoire, and initiated their annual concert at the Veterans Home at Oxford.
Her ongoing concern for those in need was exemplified by her participation in the Jail Ministry of Otsego County at the Otsego County Correctional Facility, helping to lead Sunday services and doing one on one visitation with inmates. She served as foster mom to a number of young people over many years.
Joy is survived by her son, Jack "Jesse" Sanders Jr. and his wife, Margaret "Maggie" of Northern Virginia; and two grandsons, Jack "Jackson" Sanders III and Jasper.
A memorial service with Holy Communion will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Lutheran Church of the Atonement, Oneonta, led by the Rev. Paul Messner. A reception will follow the service. Friends are invited to bring cookies or other finger foods.
Memorial gifts in Joy's name may be made to St John Lutheran Church, 2546 State Highway 80, West Burlington, NY 13482, or City of the Hills Chorus, c/o Susan Dana, treasurer, (mail to Atonement Lutheran); or the American Cancer Society.
Published on October 7, 2019


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