Joy Miller Zeanah of Daphne, formerly of Magnolia Springs, departed this life on November 27, 2022, after a brief illness. She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her husband, Bob Zeanah; her devoted daughters, Brooke Butts (Danny) of Mobile and Lindsay Barnhill of Irvington; and her “bonus” sons, John Zeanah (Cathleen) of Memphis, TN, and Sam Zeanah (Alexis) of Los Angeles, CA. Additionally, she is survived by her four loving grandchildren, Mallory Henderson, Christopher Henderson, Katelyn Barnhill, Brian Christopher Barnhill; and three loving “bonus” grandchildren, Libby Jane Zeanah, Annie Zeanah, and Margot Zeanah; and a great-grandson due in June.
Born in Mobile, Alabama, Joy attended college at The University of Southern Mississippi and earned her master’s degree in Elementary Education. Joy loved her students and taught in Hattiesburg City Schools and Mobile County Schools. She served as a consultant for Character Education in the Baldwin County School System and was proud of the lives she touched as an educator. Joy believed that making an impact on children was the greatest gift she could give to her community.
Joy was a Master Gardener and served as the past president of the Week’s Bay Reserve Volunteers and was an active volunteer at the Magnolia Springs Library, and a “Pink Lady” volunteer at Thomas Hospital. Joy’s exuberance for life and her giving spirit are well known and respected amongst her family and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2022, 10:00 AM, at St. James Episcopal Church, 860 N. Section Street in Fairhope, Alabama.
In lieu of flowers, Joy requests donations be made to the following:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude.html or Thomas Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. Box 929, Fairhope, AL 36533
Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com. Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.
Joy’s smile says it all. She was a pleasure to work with at Thomas Hospital
Joy was a cheerful and loving person. I enjoyed knowing her through the Magnolia Springs Garden Club. Sending my condolence to all her family. May God give them comfort through this difficult time.
We are grateful that we were able to call Joy our neighbor and friend. Her smile brightened her world and ours. Joy’s love for her family was great and she seemed to be happiest when she could tell you about her grandchildren! She left a beautiful legacy of love. Mary Lou and Thom Miller
We all were truly saddened to hear of our great loss. She was loved by all that knew her. The Baldwin County Master Gardeners have lost a wonderful loving friend.
I’veI had a very special pleasure for the past 22 years to be Joy’s hairdresser…but more than that very dear friend! “Joy” you will be greatly missed, but I will see you again soon my friend I love you!!
I’m speaking for myself and all the Daughters of the King at St. James. We are sorry for Bob’s loss and stand ready to help the family in any way we can. Know that we are praying for you, Bob, and all your family.
The blessing of knowing Joy is immeasurable. She brightened every room and brought happiness to all she met. She will be greatly missed.
Joy is our sister and supporter and friend, Let the good conversation and smiles and fun in Heaven begin.
Joy, it has been a pleasure knowing you these past 55 yrs. Thanks for teaching my Daughters in Mobile. You are still beautiful after all these years. I know you will brighten up heaven. We won’t be too far behind you.. You will be missed by many. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
Joy was just that. Every time I saw her she made me feel like I was so very special! She did this with everyone she encountered. She was “light” even when times were dark. My thoughts and prayers are with Bob and his family. I guess God needed her more than we did.