Joy Lou Painter

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June 16, 1935 ~ July 8, 2021

Born in: Katy, Tx
Resided in: College Station, Tx

Joy Lou Painter, age 86, went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in the early morning on July 8th, 2021, in College Station, Texas at her home with her family at her bedside. Her health began to decline after suffering Covid early in 2021. Born at home on June 16th, 1935, in Katy, Texas to George and Elsie Vaughan, Joy had  a younger brother, George Burton Vaughan, Jr., many aunts and uncles, and over 25 first cousins. Joy recalled her childhood as wonderful, spending time with a large, loving, extended family.

Joy married Air Force Lieutenant John H. Painter in June 1955, and moved to the Palm Beach Air Force Base, Florida. After the births of sons John Mark and Paul Burton, the family moved to Champaign, Illinois, where John earned B.S & M.S. degrees in 1962. The family moved back to Houston when John accepted a position as an engineer for the NASA Apollo Program. Joy enjoyed being a NASA wife and socializing with the families of Gemini and Apollo astronauts, including the men who would walk on the Moon. The family welcomed a third son William Vaughan Painter, and then a baby daughter Joy Lynn Painter. During this time Joy enjoyed her role as a stay-at-home mom with interests in sewing, cooking, being a Cub Scout Den Mother, and a Brownie Leader.

In 1974 Joy was one of the youngest women in the country to be diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer at 39, resulting in a full colostomy that she would successfully live with for 50 years. Just after that, the family moved to College Station, Texas where John took a faculty position at Texas A&M university. Joy served as President of local chapter of the American Cancer Society for several years. Also, Joy earned a Real Estate license and enjoyed a successful career selling real estate and being a property manager progressing all the way to Broker level. She innovated by partnering with TAMU administration on helping prospective professors find suitable living space.

Joy Painter is survived by her spouse, John Hoyt. Sons, John Mark, with spouse, Carol, Paul Burton, with spouse, Laura. Son William Vaughan, and daughter, Joy Lynn. Also surviving are nine grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her father George Burton Vaughan Sr., her mother Elsie Ava Thompson Vaughan and her brother George Burton Vaughan Jr.

In lieu of flowers the family wished a donation be made to Parkway Baptist Church


Visitation: July 18, 2021 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Room: Bluebonnet Suite

Callaway-Jones Funeral Home & Cremation Center
3001 S College Ave
Bryan, TX 77801


Funeral Service: July 19, 2021 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Room: Parkway Baptist

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  1. Many hugs for your Mom, my cousin, and for the many memories that we made together over the years.
    Us three cousins, myself, being the oldest, Joy and Nancy always played together whenever the “city” cousins would come to Grandmother and Grandpas home in the country. We all would meet there and play our hearts out when we were together! We spent hours in the rice well close to Grandpa’s house – no one watching us as the water was not very deep – we would often have a watermelon that we threw into the well water so it would be cold when we were ready to eat it – wash our hair (pretend), played like we were in a bubble bath and stayed so long our skin would shrivel up. We would get out, eat the melon, then jump back into the water to wash off all the juice! Of course we were starving, having played so hard and long that we couldn’t wait to hike back to Grandmas for lunch. In our day the adults always ate first so we would have to wait until our turn! Afterwards we would climb trees and play all sorts of games! The adults never checked on us and we would often get into Grandpa’s desk and get his pencils and paper. One day we found some “candy” way in the back of his desk drawer and decided to eat it! On my, it was not only OLD but it tasted AWFUL! It was not candy – it was Tums for your Tummy (to settle your tummy)! Lesson learned! Since I was the only “country” cousin, Joy Lou and Nancy started arguing about who was going to sleep with me that night & I guess we got too “vocal” and here came Grandma made us three stay in 3 different bedrooms! Good memories! Now I do not have Nancy OR your Grandmother Joy – I will miss her and her teasing voice saying “Shirley Beth, you better not do that!” I hope she will “save me a place” with Jesus & we can have some good laughs again!!

  2. Mrs. Painter was one of the most beautiful ladies I had ever had the privilege of knowing. She was the mother of Joy Lynn, who I met in the 6th grade and we became life long friends. The memories of spending the night over at her house (as much as I possibly could) fill my heart forever with a smile and warmth. What mother would let her daughter and her friend use her Lee Artificial Nails kit to have fun and experiment, which only allowed each of us to do one hand…what were we thinking? Let us dabble in her Mary Kay makeup samples, and always would ask what we wanted for dinner? The standard reply was “large 1/2 hamburger 1/2 pepperoni pizza from Domino’s”. Still to this day every time I see a Domino’s commercial I smile from ear to ear. Thank you Mrs. Painter for providing me with a lifetime of beautiful memories!

  3. John, I remember how kind you and Joy were to me as we talked about the things of Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for your friendship over those years. May that same Holy Spirit comfort you now during these days.

  4. Wish I could be there to help you honor Mrs. Painter. She was a joy to work with in her time of need. Legacy Transportation

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