OBITUARY

Joy Wright Raney

June 7, 1935January 15, 2019
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Joy Wright Raney, 83, of Texarkana, AR passed away, January 15, 2019 in a local hospital. Mrs. Raney was born June 7, 1935 in New Boston, TX.

Mrs. Raney (or "Memaw" as many called her) lived the best possible life. All her love and attention was directed and dedicated toward nurturing and raising her large family including her brother Jim Murdock and his family. She was truly a Matriarch. She married Marlin Wright after graduating high school at the young age of 16. Together they raised a family of 6 in Pleasant Grove. Marlin and Joy were the staples of the community helping the school and church grow, being proud PTA attendees, and sewing more costumes than you can imagine. She was a beautiful seamstress, and crocheted blankets and scarves relentlessly, donating them to charitable causes. Joy loved Christmas the most. Every year she bought gifts and filled stockings she had made for the entire 60+ family members and brought them all together to celebrate “Thanksmas”.

Joy loved helping people and was everyone's cheerleader. She worked at St. Michael Hospital for 32 years, recruiting nurses from overseas to come work in the US. After retirement, Joy stayed on as a volunteer cutting obituaries out of the newspaper and sending hand-written and addressed sympathy cards to the families on the hospital's behalf. This was a well-received program for many years until she couldn't write well anymore.

After celebrating over 49 years of marriage to Marlin, he passed away in 2000. Joy continued to take charge of every detail of their life together. They were the developers of Wright Ridge subdivision in Pleasant Grove on the property the family grew up on, and co-owners of Wright Brothers Sheet Metal & Roofing on Broad Street started by Marlin's father in 1932. They and were outstanding citizens.

In 2002, Richard Raney came back in to Joy’s life. Richard's family used to babysit Joy while her mother Mary taught school in Nash. Richard stands by the line that he has loved her since she was 5 years old. Both Richard and Joy grew up to take different paths, but after Richard's beloved wife Jenny passed away after their 49 years of marriage, he asked her out for coffee and showed up with a single rose. They were married 6 weeks later and have spent the last 16 years together enjoying trips to Hawaii, cruises, ball games, Branson, and so much more. They both took care of their spouses whose health had failed and were fortunate enough to have found each other in order to enjoy their Golden Years. Richard was fiercely protective of Joy and took care of her these past 2 years alongside Joy's family. Richard played "Papaw" to the dozens of great-grandchildren. To most, it was the only Papaw they knew. Joy took in Richard's family as her own and loved them as if they were hers. Richard continued to bring Joy red roses regularly throughout their marriage and loved her to the end and beyond. Although they will be buried with Jenny and Marlin, their love is immortalized in the hearts of their family.

Mrs. Raney was diagnosed with ALS in July 2016. She outlived the life expectancy by one and a half years. Even though her body wouldn't support her, her mind was sharp, and she was aware of most everything going on around her. She accepted the disease and her faith in God and Jesus Christ carried her to the end with dignity and grace. She will be badly missed.

Joy is survived by her husband, Richard Raney; son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Linda Wright; son, Mike Wright, son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Anna Wright; daughter, Kerri Wright-Moss; brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Kathy Murdock, sister-in-law, Martha Murdock, son-in-law, Pete Moss; special family members, Vicky Raney-Stapleton, Ricky Raney and Stacy Raney; grandchildren and their spouses, Mechelle and Frank Thomas, Jeff and Jennifer Wright, Shane and Casey Wright, Cody and Clancy Moss, Preston and Samantha Moss, Clint and Sydney Wright, Kurt and Kassy Wright, Ethan Forrester, Chase and Macie Burkhalter, Zac Burkhalter; great grandchildren, Catherine Thomas-Johnson and Nate Johnson, Jake Thomas, Sophie Bott, Noah Simpson, Gracie Wright, Rees Wright, Kason Wright, Jaxon Wright, Jacob Wright, Jaylin Dodds, Kayden Kirby, Miranda Wright, Makayla Wright, Kolt Wright, Benjamin Moss, Kambren Zaliski, Gavin Moss, Brycen Zaliski, Alexander Moss, Finley Moss, Kaitlyn Mitchell, Journey and Jayden Pope, Ella and Indy Burkhalter.

Services will be 11 a.m., Friday, January 18, 2019 at East Memorial Chapel - Moores Lane with Brother Paul Murdock officiating, under the direction of East Funeral Home - Moores Lane.

Family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Thursday, January 17, 2019 at the funeral home

Online tributes may be made at www.eastfuneralhomes.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Husband, Richard Raney
    Son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Linda Wright
    Son, Mike Wright
    Son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Anna Wright
    Daughter, Kerri Moss
    Brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Kathy Murdock of Bivins, TX
    Sister-in-law, Martha Murdock
    Special family members, Pete Moss, Vicky Stapleton, Ricky Raney and Stacy Raney
    Grandchildren and their spouses, Mechelle and Frank Thomas, Jeff and Jennifer Wright, Shane and Casey Wright, Cody and Clancy Moss, Preston and Samantha Moss, Clint and Sydney Wright, Kurt and Kassy Wright and Ethan Forrester; great grandchildren, Catherine Johnson, Jake Thomas, Sophie Bott, Noah Simpson, Gracie Wright, Rees Wright, Kason Wright, Jaxon Wright, Jacob Wright, Jaylin Dodds, Kayden Kirby, Miranda Wright, Makayla Wright and Kolt Wright, Ben Moss, Kambren Zaliski, Gavin Moss, Brycen Zaliski, Alexander Moss, Finley Moss, Kaitlyn Mitchell, Journey Pope and Jayden Pope.

Services

  • Family to receive friends Thursday, January 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, January 18, 2019
REMEMBERING

Joy Wright Raney

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Bigboy Sorrell

January 27, 2019

Our Deepest sympathies go out to all.gone but not forgotten cousin.we loved her!Bigboy &Gail.

Elizabeth Dalby-Basham

January 18, 2019

Prays for Mrs Joy's family, Just wanted you to know she has touched so many of us in her lifetime. I am grateful and blessed for the chance to have know her.

Sheila Boyd

January 18, 2019

I adored Mrs Joy! I feel it only fitting to write a heartfelt note because she wrote many beautiful notes to me. She could pick you up when you were feeling down with her warm smile and hug. Mrs Joy never forgot a family birthday or anniversary. She spent many hours bragging on her precious grandchildren. Thank you family for sharing her with us. Sending you all prayers.

Suella Eitel Rankin

January 17, 2019

Such a beautiful couple and they both shared so many sweet memories of each other and each family !!! Loved Joy and love Richard !the obituary was impecable !

Shelia Howard

January 17, 2019

Joy was a very beautiful lady inside and out. I met her when I started working at St. Michael's Hospital in 1982. I can't remember if she there at that time or not, but as the years went by I got familiar with her through HR. She was a lady that didn't let anything go wrong with your job, kept you up with the latest on your job. I had a brother to pass away in 2008 and she sent me a card, along with a laminated copy of his obituary. That is one thing that she would always take care for the hospital. I also worked in the Pharmacy at the Rehab HospItal during the time that she was working at the Rehab. She always had a very beautiful smile on her face and would brighten the whole place up with her smile and laugh. I was there when she retired from St. Michael and they gave her a party at the Rehab. At that time I had the pleasure to meet Mr. Raney. I told him that he had married a great woman and we both agreed. We would sometimes talk about our family. I feel like I am part of this family, because of her talking about Mike, Charlie, Ken and Kerri. We also had several conversations about her two oldest grandsons, I can't remember their names, but I think they went to Texas High. I am the one that use to drive the black firebird and they were crazy about that car. I could go on and on about Joy, the reason I am calling her Joy, because she wouldn't let you call her Mrs. Joy Wright, she said her name was Joy. So family remember the great times you had with her because I know I will. She will never be forgotten. Her legacy will live on forever.

TERRY SMITH

January 17, 2019

Ms. Wright was always so nice and generous when visiting their home to visit Ken. My sincere condolences to Ken, Mike, Kerry and Chocks and I will never forget the good times at your home with your parents.

Jimmy Reese

January 17, 2019

Joy and I worked together a long time in the HR department at St. Michael. I don’t remember how long but I do remember that I enjoyed greeting Joy and the staff each morning because of the positive and pleasant attitude generated by Joy that covered the entire department and beyond.

I was really sad to see that she had passed away.

I knew Marlin and their kids very well. I pray blessings and peace for them all.

Mary H. Reeves

January 17, 2019

I first met Mrs. Joy Wright when I started to work at St. Michael Hospital in 1971. She was such a dignified lady who appeared to know so much about the paperwork and the history of the hospital. Even though she held a very important position in the Human Resource Department, she always made me feel as though I was important to the hospital, patients, the nuns, and to the staff that I would be working with. She really knew a lot about the business of staffing the facility, and the rules to keep it a great place to work. I always called her by her full name, Mrs. Joy Wright. She stated that if I did my job right, I would always be welcome to stay at St. Michael. I retired as a Registered Nurse in 1999 after 28 years of dedicated service to St. Michael Hospital, thanks to Mrs. Joy Wright and her pep talk.
May God Bless her family. She was one of a kind.

Carol Giese

January 16, 2019

I remember Joy from the first time I stepped into HR at St Michael in 1986. She was always so friendly and kind, a very important character trait when working with prospective employees and recruiting nurses! When my son was born in 1992 Joy took the time to clip the announcement out of the paper and send it to me, a very sweet gesture. I know she will be missed by many.

Beth Robertson

January 16, 2019

Absolutely the best lady I have ever been blessed to know and love. Heartbroken doesn’t begin to cover it. I love y’all.


-Beth

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