Joy Woods, 69

Published 6:14 pm Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Joy Gardenia “Missy” Woods, age 69, formerly of Batesville, passed away Tuesday, July 2, 2024, at The Springs of Harrison in Harrison, AR.

The family will receive friends Friday, July 5,  from 4 to  7 p.m. at Wells Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held Saturday, July 6,  at 2 p.m., in the Martin Willingham Memorial Chapel of Wells Funeral Home with Rev. Tommy Darby officiating. Interment will follow in Bethel Cemetery in Enid.

Affectionatley known as Missy, she worked as a seamstress showcasing her talent and creativity through her needle and thread. Apart from her career, Missy found immense happiness in simple pleasures. She enjoyed cooking, with her famous banana pudding being a favorite among family and friends. Family gatherings held a special place in her heart, cherishing moments spent with loved ones. Thrift stores, particularly Goodwill, were places where Missy found hidden treasures and shared laughter with those around her. Missy attended both the Willow Springs Assembly of God and Goodway United Pentecostal Church.

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In the hearts of those who survive Missy, her memory will forever live on. Her son Charles Williford of Miami, FL, her daughter Deanna Rushing of Harrison, AR, her sister Charlotte “Skip” Hearn (Marty) of Oxford, MS, and her brother Douglas Turner of West Virginia remember Missy with love and fondness.

Missy’s presence will be deeply missed by her grandchildren: Charles Williford Jr., Kimberly Williford, Judah Williford, Benjamin “Ben” Williford, Samantha Leverett (Michael), and John Michael Rushing (Trinity). She will also be remembered by her great-grandchildren Michael “Little Man” Leverett III and Olivia “Levy” Williams.

Missy’s sister Callie Winters and brother Charlie “Tiny” Turner preceded her in death.

Joy Gardenia “Missy” Woods touched many lives with kindness and grace. Her legacy of love and creativity will continue to inspire all those who had the privilege of knowing her.