Joy G. Dirkes

December 29, 1928February 14, 2021

I just wanted let you know that my Mom passed away quietly and comfortably on Sunday, February 14. Valentine's Day is a very symbolic day for her to pass. She was a very special and lovely lady. She was a sweetheart! Valentine's Day will be a great day for her to be remembered. She will be missed by all.

Rest in peace, Mom.

Love, Julie


  • A Celebration of Life Service is being planned for a later date.


Joy G. Dirkes

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Jean and Jim De Sena

February 25, 2021

Julie, words cannot express how vey sorry we are that Joy has passed away. You were a loving daughter and she was a wonderful Mom. She has been a friend for over 50 years! And so many countless memories - weekends in Vail, fabulous dinners (I still use many of her recipes), great conversation, and always so much laughter!! And she even taught me to love "an old-fashioned". How could one person make everyone feel so welcomed! She certainly had a special gift. And I remember our ski days - I would follow her down the hill - she was hard to keep up with she skied so fast. We will all remember her with her great big smile. A very special lady and friend who was loved by us all. Forever love, Jean and Jim


February 25, 2021

Julie, you know how special you and your mom have always been to me! My thoughts and prayers are with you today and always. I will see you soon my friend and we will toast to her. Much love in spirit!!!

Joy , oh Joy! What a JOY you were to me and so many others!!!
I remember it seemed every time we talked you were always so interested in what and how I was doing? It seemed you were so concerned about my broken body and it's current state of repair? As far back as when Julie and I were in high school, 50 years ago, you always warmly welcomed me into your home with a big hug and a smile and an offer of something to drink and/or eat while we visited. You were always so generous with your time for me even opening your home for me after visiting me in the hospital in Vail after a particularly difficult surgery. You and Ken loaned me your car with an automatic for a month so I could drive when I couldn't drive my stick shift after one particular surgery! Oh the memories flood me with emotion, you were like a second Mom to me, always there offering support in every way you could. I will miss your smile and caring hugs, you were a JOY like no other and that's how I'll always remember you. RIP Joy, you are amazing and loved!

Gina Maltese

February 25, 2021

Joy was every bit her name and truly left a beautiful mark on the world.
Joy represented love, kindness and a kind of “joy” that is a rarity...
She was kind beyond words and always showed a true sincerity in my life and that of my family too.
She absolutely adored her daughter Julie, and their special bond was something so unique that only they shared.
Julie was the light of Joy’s life✨and I am positive that Joy will forever watch over her dearest daughter and all of us included.
The Heavens have a new Angel and I will forever love our amazing Angel named Joy.

Linda Eguchi

February 24, 2021

Dear Julie,

We are so happy to be able to see a picture of your Mom. We see JOY in her face. What a beautiful and lovely lady. I know you miss her deeply.

Please know that we are thinking of you. Remember all of the good memories with your Mom.

Hope to see you this fall in Vail.


Linda and Mike

Jim Kough

February 23, 2021

Joy was aptly named. Full of life, a super entertainer, cook and loving soul. Joy was always kind, generous and a great cheerleader for a wondering nomad. So many wonderful times, so many dinners with those famous rolls, so many laughs, hugs and loving support. Joy was my friend and I wish her well on her new adventure. Many will miss her. Julie, know I am sending my deepest condolences to you in our loss. (good good)

Edie Hudson

February 21, 2021

Joy! The epitome of her name. Always with a beautiful smile, a warm welcome, and a generous heart. So many years of memories. Lots and lots of parties. Lots of laughter. And always lots of delicious food. Denver days and days at Singletree in the Vail Valley. One of the greatest blessings in my life is that I knew Joy.

Much love to you, Julie, that you may carry her legacy forward.

Edie Hudson

Jim & Sam Horan & Sampson

February 21, 2021

Dear Julie. Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Mother.
Your Mom was a beautiful and wonderful lady. I believe it was Edie Hudson who first introduced Sam & I to Joy when she was married to Ken MacTaggert. Joy was always so gracious at hosting her famous dinner parties at Thanksgiving, Christmas and of course St. Patricks Day. It was a sad day when Ken passed, but then entered Dick Dirkes. I recall Joy met Dick at Albert Dowden’s 80th birthday bash at the Brown Palace. I recall they lived for awhile at Dick’s place in Aspen, but then always returned to Singletree.
We will never remember Joy without that forever smile.
Rest In Peace dear lady. We were all made better by knowing you.
Sincerely, Jim & Sam