Joy Shomber

March 17, 1936August 23, 2012

Joy June (Johnson) Shomber, 76, formerly of Normandy Park Washington went to be with her Savior and Lord August 23, 2012.

Joy was born in Wichita Kansas on March 17, 1936 to Nels Russell Johnson (deceased) and Rubie Myrtle Wellke Johnson (deceased). She was their third child and only sister to Nels David Johnson and Russell Paul Johnson (deceased). During her youth, Joy worked at the family business, Johnson Poultry and later at Wichita State Bank where her father was president.

After graduating North High, she married Henry Albert Shomber. Early married life included studying history and Bible at Friends University, the birth of son Henry Rolan Shomber and three years later daughter Kaylene Renee Shomber.

In 1962 Joy moved with her family to the Pacific Northwest where she worked for The Boeing Company, the Christian Businessmen’s Association and spent much time making memories with her family in the “high country”.

Most importantly, Joy lived her life for Jesus Christ. Her dedication was evident in the love, graciousness and service she poured out on everyone with whom she came in contact. Her gift of service manifested itself not only in her selflessness to family but her active participation in the churches she attended throughout her life; singing, playing the organ or piano, leading youth groups and Bible studies. Joy’s greatest desire was to learn more of God every day and share her love of Jesus with everyone. Her words of encouragement to “Keep Looking Up” and reminder that “This is the day that the Lord hath made” will last the test of time in the hearts of those whose lives she touched.

Joy’s husband Henry; son Rolan and his wife Lynn; daughter Kaylene and grandchildren: Nathan, Kristen and Brittany invite you to join them in celebrating the life of Joy June Johnson Shomber on Saturday, September 22, 2:00pm at Bear Creek Community Church in Woodinville; 18931 NE 143rd Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to World Vision.


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John Rodenberg

September 21, 2012

Dear Aunt Joy,

I wish I could gather with family and friends for your Celebration of Life but my immediate family responsibilities and geography prevent me from attending. If I could be present, I would share with everyone what a special Aunt you were to me.

Saturday is my birthday and as a child no matter your family responsibilities or geography every year you would send me a birthday greeting. Even when additional family dynamics kept us apart, your card was always an expression of love that knew no bounds.

On this special day, I give thanks for God's love in you and the sweet, special way you shared it with others. May you rest in peace knowing your faith was visible to all around you. Savor the comfort that comes from the One who formed us from the dust, gave us life and draws us in again.



September 17, 2012

We were blessed to call Henry and Joy friends for well over 30 years. We first met when we became members at John Knox Presbyterian Chruch. We lived quite near each other as well. It was my delight to sing in a ladie's trio with Joy for well over ten years. We particularly enjoyed preparing and rehearsing music for special Christian holidays such as Easter and Christmas. Besides sharing our love of music we also shared the joys and struggles of our lives together. Joy was a prayer warrior. I also admired her gentle, kind heart. Roland and Kaylene, thank you for keeping us connected to your parents during recent years. May Vic and I extend our sincere sympathy. You know how much you were loved and cherished by your Mother. Henry, I am sure you will find comfort in the many wonderful memories of precious time you spent together with your dear wife. Thankfully the grandkids have memories as well to cherish.

May God continue to give you comfort despite the loss you feel.
Alice and Vic Kimsey
Normandy Park, WA

Bill & Marlene Wentz

September 17, 2012

Our sincerest sympathies at this time to all the family.

Heidi Johnson

September 16, 2012

She was a wonderful Aunt and friend to me. I remember her as a good Christian influence to me. I pray she is at peace.

Dick & Wilma Monical

September 16, 2012

Our deepest sympathy to Henry and the rest of the family. We remember Joy with fondness for the short time we knew her, and wish Henry and the rest of the family a graceful grief process.

Rusty Johnson

September 16, 2012

As my brother David has already said, Joy was the most gentle and kind person we knew. After Theresa and I were married and started this large family she would send birthday cards to all the kids, and could remember the dates, even when I had trouble! As her health declined over the years those cards became fewer, but I know that she always kept my family in her prayers. The world is better place for having her been here. Rest in Peace, Joy. God Bless her family and give them comfort.

Chris Chesser

September 16, 2012

I knew Joy for several years and she was kind caring, and I thought, a "Joy" in life. She touched and made a positive impact on everyone she met.

David Johnson

September 15, 2012

I've always had the fondest memories of my Aunt Joy. I remember staying at the Shombers' home in Wichita, Kansas when my youngest brother was born in December 1960. After the Shombers moved to Seattle, they would return to Kansas to visit roughly once a year or so. We always looked forward to their visits and Aunt Joy's grace and warm, kind and caring heart. In the Summer of 1972 after I turned 16, the Shombers invited me to meet them at Grandma and Grandpa Johnson's cabin in Colorado to join the Shombers in the middle of an extended car trip as they headed back to Seattle. We camped and hiked and saw so many of God's glories in America such as Yellowstone National Park and Custer's Last Stand. I always saw Uncle Henry as the incredibly intelligent leader but Aunt Joy was the heart and soul of the Shomber family. Over the years, we seemed to see less and less of Aunt Joy and her family, but I always looked forward to her visits. On a few occasions, I had the pleasure of spending some time talking one-on-one with Aunt Joy and to this day, I can still recall as if it was only moments ago her voice and inflection as she responded to something said, with an "Oh?" in sort of a high pitched, querying tone. Even late into our lives until the last few years, Aunt Joy would remember to send me a birthday card with a few words of news about her family and always with inspirational messages of faith and love of God. I miss already that Aunt Joy is no longer here in this World, but I have absolutely no doubt, none whatsoever, that having lived and breathed and acted as a true Christian believer, she is with God right now. Vaya Con Dios, Tia Joy Shomber.

Her oldest nephew, David N. Johnson

September 14, 2012

Joy growning up in Wichita, always had a great love of family and friends, and her faith was REAL, with whoever she meet, her smile and clear blue eyes, always meet you with total sincerity and honesty, Joy did love music and the outdoors, All her family was her life, SHE IS WITH HER LORD, JESUS NOW, she is at peace and free of pain....I loved my "baby" sister and will miss her ,brother David