Christie Joy Ross
Christie Joy Ross
  • November 4, 1945 - October 19, 2017
  • Abilene, Texas

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Joy Temple Ross ascended peacefully to heaven October 19th, just two weeks shy of her 72nd birthday, after battling cancer for 13 months. By the Lord's perfect timing, all 6 of her siblings had arrived and surrounded her, singing hymns to usher her into heaven.

Joy was born to Dr. Joe and Cricket Temple on November 4, 1945 in Abilene, Texas where she spent all but the last 10 months of her life. She was the oldest girl of 7 children and always played the role of a second mother to all her siblings.

She was very aptly named as she had a delightful sense of humor and cheered everyone she ever met. Her generosity, and her creativity were a hallmark, and a gift to all.

Joy loved cooking, and the rest of her family and friends were always treated to her specialties. She also loved gardening and decorating as was evidenced by her beautiful home and yard.

A beloved teacher of special education and speech pathology as well as an ARD facilitator throughout her career in Abilene, Joy made a positive impact on every campus she worked. She listened to and cared for each student and changed many lives of students and parents, as well as developing lifelong friendships with many teachers and coworkers.

Joy was predeceased by her parents and her daughter, Christine Ross. She is survived by her 6 siblings and their families: Tim Temple (Janice) of McKinney, Texas, Faith Scarborough (Walter) of Allen, Texas, Hope Dakel (Lynn) of Richardson, Texas, Philip Temple (Judy) of Greenville, South Carolina, Joanna Hutchcraft, of Athens, Georgia, and Susanna Peters (Greg) of Clayton, Georgia, as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their children.

A very special appreciation is extended to all the medical professionals and care-givers at Medical City Dallas and especially the T. Boone Pickens Center for Hospice and Palliative Care for their loving care of our precious Joy. A private family service was held in Dallas.