Joy Elaine Howerter, 58, of Grant, Nebraska, passed away Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, at her home.
Joy was born on Easter Sunday, April 17, 1960, in Kearney, Neb., to Ray and Betty (Burkholder) Dorothy of Pleasanton, Neb. She was the youngest of four children.
Joy grew up on the farm and attended and graduated from Pleasanton Schools in 1978. She then received her degree from the Grand Island School of Business.
She was joined in marriage to James Howerter of Cambridge, Neb., on June 12, 1982. They had three children, Joshua, Seith and Michelle.
Joy was involved in many community events including the WCTU, which she joined at the age of 16; 4-H, which she was a member as a child. She was the leader of clubs and was on the 4-H council. She was a board member of Sunset Haven for 16 years and a chairperson for 13.
She enjoyed working several places in her life including Kearney State College in the Emergency Medical Services Department, part-time at Kansas Nebraska Gas Company, Perkins County Extension office, Grant Library and Perkins County Schools.
A couple of her favorite things to do were work on her flower beds, fish with her family and spend time babysitting and enjoying her grandkids. She loved making crafts and visiting with anyone she met.
Joy was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Janet; and 10-month old son, Seith Aaron.
Survivors include husband, Jim; two children: son, Josh of Grant; daughter, Michelle and husband Cody Cole of Kearney; three grandchildren: Bryson, Braelynn and Braden Cole; two brothers: Leon Dorothy of Keokuk, Iowa, Rodney and Teresa Dorothy of Pleasanton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Grant Evangelical Free Church or to the Joy Howerter Memorial, which will serve to fund a nursing scholarship.
Services will be held on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the Grant Evangelical Free Church with Russ Gaar officiating. Interment will be in the Cambridge Cemetery later in the afternoon.
Visitation will be Thursday, from 3-6 p.m. at the Bullock-Long Funeral Home in Grant. Bullock-Long Funeral Home of Grant is in charge of arrangements.