Joy Ann Wharton died peacefully in her home in Leander, Texas, on January 29, 2017. She was in the presence of her beloved husband, David Wharton, and, family and friends that she so dearly cherished. It is with sorrow that we mourn the loss of our dear Joy Wharton. Joy was an active member in not only her family and community, but also with her constant presence within the Agudas Achim community. She shared her love of music by participating in the congregations Hineni High Holy Day, and NACHAT davening ensembles for many years.
Joy was born on April 22, 1953, in Great Lakes, Illinois. Joy was predeceased by her father Donald L. Myers, her brother Michael Myers, and her daughter Holly Burrows. Her father, Donald, very proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army.
Prior to arriving to the Austin area, Joy graduated from the University of San Francisco with honors as a paralegal. This is one a very many accomplishments of Joy's. She was encouraged by her teachers to continue her studies and become a lawyer, but she insisted on being at home with her children. In her journey with David, they created the Institute for Hebraic Perspective, of which she processed the proper documentation for the 501(c)(3) status with the IRS. This is no small task as anyone who has done so would know. She also played a supportive and educational role in the molding of the institute. In much of the same way, if not more prominently, she played the same role in her relationship with David, loving, supportive, and of course committed. Her never ending kind words about David will not be forgotten. They had a love for each other that hopefully everyone will experience in their lifetime.
Joy is remembered for her love and unending commitment to family - homeschooling her children and supporting them with whatever endeavors they sought out, as well as for her constant search for the next best thing. She served as a beacon and "the glue" for her family in ways that are unparalleled. Joy was known for her tenacity in ensuring the success, healthy lifestyle, and safety of her family, those close to her and all others who would be fortunate enough to cross paths with her. In simple words, Joy will be sorely missed.
Joy is survived by her cherished husband, David; her respected and cherished mother Charlotte Myers; her beloved daughters Erika Anderson, wife of Gregg Anderson, and Lauren Alvarez, wife of Mario Alvarez, and Stephanie Rankin; her step-children Jonathan, Jennifer, Phillip, Anne, and Peter Wharton; her adored grandchildren Emma Casentini, Kaitlyn Alvarez, Kylie Alvarez, and Joseph Foshee; as well as her nieces Megan Siebert and Kristen Myers.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made in Joy's loving memory to the Institute for Hebraic Perspective - http://hebraicperspective.com (Donations may be sent to: 1104 S Mays St, Suite 201; Round Rock, TX 78664).
T'hi Nishmata Tz'rurah Bitzror haHayim.
May Joy's soul be bound up in the bond of life. We wish all comfort and solace to her family in this difficult time.