Lori Lynn Tarwater

Services for Lori Lynn Tarwater, 53, Wellsville, will be 2 pm, January 5, 2014, at the Senior Citizens Center in Wellsville, Kansas.

Mrs. Tarwater died Friday, December 13, 2013, at Olathe Medical Center.

She was born July 23, 1960, in Kansas City, Kansas, to James Oliver and Hazel Benskin Tarwater.  She graduated from Washington High school in Kansas City, KS, and then William Jewell College with a master’s degree.

Mrs. Tarwater worked as an Initial Occupancy Specialist specializing in general housing assistance at the Lawrence Housing Authority.  She also worked with the homeless and many charity organizations.

She and husband Robert Ward Joy have been together for over 22 years.  He survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, John Joy of Wellsville, KS; daughter, Emma Joy of Wellsville, KS; sisters, Hazel Davis of Lawrence, KS, Judy Degenstein of Columbia, MO, Susan Woods of Wellsville, KS, and Nancy Freeman of Wellsville, KS; nieces and nephews; great nieces and great nephews.

Her mother, father, and a brother, James Tarwater preceded her in death.

The family suggests memorials to the Wellsville Library, 707 E. 7th St., Wellsville, KS 66092.