Joy Roper, 79, passed away on May 18, 2011 after a long illness.

Joy was born in Newark and spent much of her childhood in Florida and North Carolina. She graduated from Needham Broughton High School in Raleigh, receiving a scholarship for her achievements that helped with her later studies. After her graduation the entire family moved to Colorado so that Joy and her sister Genevieve could attend the University of Colorado.

Joy and her husband Buddy met while students at the University of Colorado and married while still in Boulder. Joy graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1953, with a degree in journalism. After graduation, she worked at the Boulder Daily Camera. She and Buddy moved to College Station in 1956, where she worked for The Battalion while Buddy was doing graduate work at Texas A&M.

She then worked at the Sinton Enterprise while Buddy worked and studied at the Welder Wildlife Refuge.

Joy joined the Corpus Christi Times in 1959 as copy editor, and her dedication and excellence were recognized by several awards over the years and subsequently her promotion to news editor of the Times in 1977. She remained at that post until the evening paper merged with the morning paper in 1987, at which time she became assistant features editor of the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. She retired from that position and from the paper in 1989 after 30 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Genevieve (Bee) Sapp of Denver; and her husband of nearly 50 years, Earl (Buddy) Roper.

Joy is survived by four children, Michael Roper of Seattle, Amy Roper, Jill Hess (Kenneth) of Houston and Daniel Roper of Seattle; four grandchildren, Jill's children, Hannah and Rachel Hess, and Dan's children, Joy and Joshua LaMountain.

Joy was an ardent supporter of causes humanitarian and environmental. Among her favorite charities were The Good Samaritan Rescue Mission of Corpus Christi, CARE, World Wildlife Fund, the United Farm Workers and The Texas Observer. Her support of The Texas Observer meshed with her great admiration for writer and advocate Molly Ivins. Joy named her beloved cat Molly, after the late Ms. Ivins.

Memorial contributions may be made in Joy's honor to any of these charities, or to the charity of one's choice. No services are planned.

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