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Joy Lee Matheny

12/08/1918 - 03/06/2017
Service Date: 03/11/2017
Service Time: 9:30 AM
Service Location: City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 North Center Street, Mesa, Arizona

Joy Lee Matheny (98) passed away peacefully at 1 AM on March 6, 2017 at her nursing home residence in Mesa Arizona.  Her daughter Marianne was with her at the time of her passing.  Joy Lee was born on December 8, 1918 in Butler Kansas.  Joy Lee will be met on the other side of the veil by her beloved husband Orville Matheny who also passed away at 98, her daughter Jo Lynn White and her brother Max.  Joy Lee is the daughter of Darwin and Pearl Edwards.  Her siblings include her older brother Max and her sister Patty Tackett who resides in Wichita Falls.

Joy Lee is survived by her remaining children Larry Matheny, Michael Matheny, Charles Matheny, Robert Matheny, Ronald Matheny, Marianne Reid, and Bradley Matheny. Joy Lee’s influence and love was felt by all who knew her.  Including spouses, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren her family numbers over one hundred. 

Highlights from her life include living in Calgary Alberta where she and her husband Orville had a drilling company and a ranch. She and her husband served and presided over an LDS mission for 3 years in Dallas Texas.  They both traveled the world and had many friends.  We will all miss her.


  • So sorry to hear about Joy, I hope that you and your family can find much comfort in the wonderful loving memories that was shared with your mother, comfort can also be found at Acts 24:15 which gives us a resurrection hope for a time when you will see your mother reunited with you. May Jehovah God and his son Jesus Christ give you and your family much comfort during this sad time.

  • Joylee was an incredible cook and amazing hostess. She was a “southern belle” who knew how to entertain and put on a delicious feast. She was an incredible decorator and kept an immaculate house. She had beautiful taste with an eye for fashion. She and Orville really loved each other and loved having family around. She loved to play games and make her famous pralines. She was kind to everyone. She and Orville embraced the gospel when they first heard of it from N. Eldon Tanner and Cliff Walker. They readily joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints and embraced its teachings, along with their children. She accompanied her husband as the presided over the Dallas, Texas mission for three years. Years later they served a family history mission in Mess, Arizona. Joylee was the ultimate hostess. She was classy and refined always thinking of her children’s needs before her own. They were extremely generous people. Orville and Joylee believed in giving and helping others especially when it came to helping their children through college and missions. They lived on a huge ranch outside of Calgary where they owned and operated hundreds of acres of farmland. They were poor Okies from Oklahoma until they struck oil in Alberta. They also had many homes in Calgary and B. C. where Joylee decorated each home with impeccable taste. She was the ultimate homemaker. She had a strong testimony of Jesus Christ and lived her religion. She never raised her voice. She and Orville had an eternal relationship.

  • Michael Huntsman


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