OBITUARY

Joy "Mama Joy" Yarbrough

November 6, 1930June 8, 2018
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Nelva Joy “Mama Joy” Yarbrough, 87, of Waco, passed away Friday, June 8, 2018 in Waco. She was born in New Deal, Texas on November 6, 1930. She graduated from New Deal High School where she was the captain of the basketball team.

She married John Yarbrough March 30, 1957. Joy worked in Bookkeeping for various companies. She was an active member of the Harrison Senior Center, and loved playing Bridge and Mahjong with her many friends. Joy loved spending time with her family.

Joy was preceded in death by, her husband John; son, Rickey Yarbrough; and brothers, Alton, Bus and Dinks McNeely, sisters, Oleta Greenhill, Maurine Hamilton, Jean Utley and Glee Showalter.

She is survived by; son, Larry Yarbrough and wife Karen of Supulpa, OK; daughter, Gayla Smith and husband David of Waco, TX: grandchildren; Reggie Broussard, Brock Broussard, Jodi Garrett, Abby Smith, Suzanna Smith and JD Smith along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5-7 PM at Resthaven Funeral Home in Lubbock, Texas. Graveside services will be 10:00 AM Wednesday at Resthaven Memorial Park, Lubbock.

Memorial gifts may be made to Harrison Senior Center, Central Texas Senior Ministries or a charity of your choice in Waco.

  • FAMILY

  • Roy Gray and Ora Fay McNeely, Parents
  • John Yarbrough, Husband
  • Rickey Yarbrough, Son
  • Alton, Bus and Dinks McNeely, Brothers
  • Oleta Greenhill, Maurine Greenhill, Jean Utley and Glee Showalter, Sisters
  • Larry Yarbrough and wife, Karen, Son
  • Gayla Smith and husband, David, Daughter
  • Reggie Broussard, Brock Broussard, Jodi Garrett, Abby Smith, Suzanna Smith and JD Smith, Grandchildren

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Visitation Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Graveside service Wednesday, June 13, 2018

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Officiating
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Joy "Mama Joy" Yarbrough

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Virginia Andrews

June 12, 2018

Since Joy was eight years older than me, I have lots of childhood memories. She taught me lots of card games and entertained me. I remember going to school with her to preregister me in school. I'm sure she got tired of tagging along with her. I remember going with Mom and Dad to watch her play basketball. All of the later years, she was an aunt I admired, loved, and asked many questions. So glad you are no longer in pain!

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