Joyce Irene Happersett

March 18, 1933March 5, 2019

Col. Joyce Irene Happersett, age 85, of Cave Creek, passed away on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 in Scottsdale, Arizona. She was born on March 18, 1933 to the late Theodore and Camira (Nowakowski) Klainer in New York, New York. Joyce married Newlin "Eric" Ross Happersett in 1968. She was proud to achieve the rank of Colonel while in the United States Army. Joyce was a brilliant mind and attained two master's degrees which she used for numerous years during her career of teaching. She made many friends in the Scottsdale horse community and was very active breeding, training and showing Arabians and Quarter Horses. Joyce also was an avid reader, devoted dog and all-around animal lover and animal advocate; there are countless living beings who owe their lives to Joyce and her husband. Joyce is survived by her brother, Theodore Klainer Sr.; nieces, Mary and Stephanie Klainer; nephew, Ted S. Klainer and many other loving family and friends. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Eric in 2014. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30 am on Friday, March 29th, 2019 at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, 36811 N. Pima Rd, Carefree, AZ 85377 followed by a Committal Service with Military Honors at 1:30 pm at National Memorial Cemetery 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85024. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joyce’s honor may be made to the Salt River Wild Horse Management Group at


29 March

Funeral Mass

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church

36811 North Pima Road
Carefree, Arizona 85377

29 March

Committal Service with Military Honors

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona

23029 North Cave Creek Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85024


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Sharon Harrison

March 8, 2019

When I moved to Phoenix in 1986 I taught next door with Joyce at the old Greenway Middle School. She helped me in so many ways. We shared the same birth day. One year she wanted to celebrate all month. Each day I would find a little gift on my desk. She was a positive influence to me and her students. One year we sold candy bars so we could take a group of girls for a weekend retreat. What a blast!