JOLIET – Joy E. Pepper Pelton, 85, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014, at Sunny Hill Nursing Home in Joliet.
She was born Nov. 5, 1928, in Rock Falls, to Fred and Elba Rose (Duncan) Pepper (later, Rowbottom). Joy graduated from Sterling High School in 1946. She pursued her vocation to be a registered nurse and, in 1949, graduated from Moline Public Hospital School of Nursing. Later, she was employed at Moline Public Hospital, and worked in doctor’s offices and nursing homes in the Quad Cities area. She lived in Rock Island until 2007.
Joy was a longtime member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Moline, for more than 35 years, and a member of Memorial Christian Church in Rock Island. She enjoyed helping others, reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards, participating in spelling bees, and the Red Hat Club, and was most noted for her “infectious smile and laugh.”
Her strength and positive attitude have been both a testament to her faith, and a lesson to her family and friends. Although she was not “rich” by earthly terms, she was “rich” in what really mattered. She loved, and was loved by so many people. She touched the lives of everyone she met with her kind heart and gentle, loving spirit. Her legacy will live on through us, and she will be in our hearts forever. We will never forget her, but will honor her by living our lives to the fullest, the way she taught us. She was a beautiful person both inside and out, and she will be missed more than words can express. Please come share your memories and help us celebrate her life.
Left behind to honor her memory are her daughter and son-in-law, Tammy L. Moseley and Anthony Rosa; son, Frank J. Pelton; grandson and wife, James A. Moseley and Kelly; and great-granddaughter, Maggie “Joy” Moseley. Other survivors include two loving sisters-in-law, Bonnie Pepper and Junet Pepper; along with many nieces and nephews.
Joy was preceded in death by her parents; and all her brothers and sister, Fred Pepper Jr., who was killed in action at the Battle of the Bulge in 1945 during World War II serving in General Patton’s 3rd Army, Marguerite J. (Pepper) Zohrlaut, Walter D. Pepper, John A. Pepper, Art L. Pepper, and Dale E. Pepper.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Thursday at at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Ave, Rock Falls, with Rev. Jason Borton, pastor, officiating. Interment will be at Coloma Township Cemetery in Rock Falls.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Joliet Area Community Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association would be appreciated.