HURST, Texas — Joyce “Joy” Marie Adams, 71, passed away peacefully at her home in Madill, on Sept. 23, 2016. She was born on July 13, 1945, in Vallejo, Calif., to Carl “Mac” and Jean Naomi McDaniel. Joy grew up in Dallas. She graduated from W.W. Samuel High School, Dallas, in 1963. After high school, Joy attended the University of North Texas and received her bachelors in education, and later got her master’s in education at University of North Texas. Joy began work as a teacher in the public school systems, and later did private tutoring in her home. Later, she switched careers and began working with senior citizens. During that time, she received her certificate of gerontology. She had been a member of AAUW and was active in her church. Joy married Clint in 1965. They were happily married for over 51 years. She liked reading, crafts, collecting, buying antiques and writing.
Joy was preceded in death by her father, Carl McDaniel; and her youngest daughter, Shanna Thornhill.
She is survived by mother, Jean McDaniel; sister, Gay McDaniel; husband, Clinton Adams; oldest daughter, Heather Simon; granddaughter, Ashlea Collins; three grandsons, Coleman Thornhill, Kane Simon and Tripp Simon; nine nieces and 6 nephews.
Services were 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Edwards Funeral Home. Burial followed at Bullock Cemetery in Ranger, Texas.
In lieu of flowers, we request memorial donations be sent to Cross Timbers Hospice, 207 C Street NW, Ardmore, OK 73401.
The family would like to thank the Dickson Fire Dept. for always being on alert, to thank the incredibly caring staff at Cross Timbers Hospice, and each one of the thoughtful neighbors who all helped out in any way they could to help make it easier on my dad during her extensive stay in the hospitals. And finally, a very special thank you to Theresa Shreck who showed an enormous amount of patience and grace while helping with some of the more unpleasant tasks at home.
Condolences may be left at Joy Adams’ online guest book at