Joy Lea McPhee
Joy Lea McPhee
  • September 27, 1965 - July 30, 2014
  • Kansas City, Missouri

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Joy Byer McPhee, 48, Kansas City, MO passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at Saint Luke’s Hospice House. She was surrounded by her beloved dogs, Izzy and Avon along with her family and close friends.

Joy was a free spirit whose infectious laughter and irresistible smile were contagious to all she met. Her fierce loyalty and dedication to her friends and family was unwavering. She was a champion for those she loved and unapologetically out-spoken against injustice. Joy was a beautiful, intelligent and intrepid lady.

She was a dynamic advocate for a number of different causes throughout her life, especially focused on the advocacy for troubled youth. Joy dedicated much of her life to helping at-risk & troubled teens. As a Development Director, Joy’s unique skills raised funds and awareness for a wide variety of charitable organizations. Her legacy lives on in the programs that she developed and nurtured.

Joy enjoyed traveling abroad, making friends all over the world. Her fearless spirit and tenacity was never more apparent to all, then during the years spent in Abu Dhabi, which she regarded as her second home. Her deep love of gardening, horse-back riding and artistic expression fully blossomed during those years.

Joy was a devoted wife, supportive and loving sister, fun-loving aunt, and a generous and giving friend. She will be greatly missed by all!

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jim & Judi Byer; grandparents, Jack & Cora Byer and Lee & Ruby Triplett. Joy is survived by her loving husband Dr. Mark McPhee; sisters, Jan Cassaw (Benny) and Jami Byer; nephews, Ryan and Andrew Redger and a large group of extended family and devoted friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation in her honor to CASA For Children of Jackson Counties or Truman Medical Center (TMC) Charitable Foundation. The services are private. The family will hold a Celebration of Joy’s Life at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday, August 23rd; 5:00pm – 9:00pm.