Joy C. Blocker, also known as Joy D. Currie, now rests in the hands of her loving father. She passed July 4, 2020, aged 87. She was born to Maurice and Ethel Macredie in Wichita, Kansas in 1932. Her parents passed when she was young. She was adopted by her aunt and uncle, Blanche and Charles Rex Little. They were kind and attentive. Her father served in WWII as a civil engineer.
The young family moved to Cincinnati, where Joy grew up. She studied Elementary Education at Miami University, Ohio, graduating in 1954. Her first teaching job took her and two girlfriends to Denver, Colorado, where they had many fun adventures. She also taught in Santa Ana, California, Michigan and Illinois.
Joy married and out-lived three husbands. She married first, Charles A. Yantis, a Marine fighter pilot in 1955 in Laguna Beach, Calif. They welcomed three children, including twins, Charles W. (deceased), and Deborah, as well as Jennifer. Joy was a devoted wife, mother and an excellent cook who liked to entertain. She was a Brownie and Cub Scout leader, and a talented seamstress. She often filled the house with the “Sound of Music” on a baby grand piano.
The family moved to Tennessee, then to Champaign, Illinois, and Dearborn, Michigan. The wanderers then moved on to the Chicago area, then Dallas and East Texas. They found their way back to the Chicago area in the early 1970s. Joy has remained in the area ever since.
In 1980, Joy married William E. Currie, they resided in Hinsdale. In 1983 Joy received an MBA. She opened the Hinsdale Antique Shop on First Street in 1987. The store was closed several years later for health reasons. Bill Currie, a gentle and fun soul, passed on in 2000.
Soon love was on the horizon again. Joy met James W. Blocker at a dance group in Elmhurst. The two became fast friends, then partners, and were married Oct. 2017. They enjoyed music, cards, plays, traveling and most of all spending time with family and friends. Jim Blocker passed in December 2018.
Joy is survived by a loving family including her daughters, Deborah (Randy) Goldbeck of Iowa, and Jennifer (Craig) Harrison of Indiana. Son-in-law, Kevin (Sharon) Blocker, Washington; and Daughter-in-law, Patricia Currie, Ohio. She will be deeply missed by granddaughters, Amy and Sarah Matthews of Ft. Collins; Heidi (Peter) Currie, SC; Allison Cleary, Denver; and Ryan Harrison, Indiana. Her great-grandchildren also mourn her loss inclduing Kaya Cooper, Audrey and Hadley.
The family requests no flowers be sent. Instead please donate to a charity of your choice. The family can be reached at 501 Lake Hinsdale Drive, No. 410, Willowbrook, Illinois 60527.
Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Ltd. 7000 S. Madison Street, Willowbrook, IL 60527.
Visitation Thursday July 16th from 10:00 am to 12-Noon
Service Thursday July 16th at 12-Noon.
Private family interment service.