Joy Hawkins, 63, of Shedd, Ore., died May 18 with her family at her side after a courageous eight-year battle with cancer.
Joy was born in Shedd to Glen “Sadie” and LaVerne Hawkins. She lived in the Willamette Valley her entire life and graduated from Central Linn High School in 1969. Joy then attended Oregon College of Education, now Western Oregon University, where she received her bachelor’s degree, and later attended Lewis and Clark College, where she received her master’s degree.
Joy taught English for 30 years at four different high schools, beginning at Dayton High School before returning to Central Linn. She finished her career at South Albany High School, where she retired in 2006. She was very passionate about the English language and the students in her classroom.
She was a huge sports fan and attended hundreds of games that her brother, nephews and niece played and coached in. She was an avid supporter of the University of Oregon athletic programs as well and, while her disease made it difficult in the last months of her life, she still attended football games this past fall at Autzen Stadium.
Joy was also deeply involved in the purebred sheep industry, her life’s greatest work. She traveled across the country showing and selling her sheep and received multiple national awards. She was well known and respected in the community for her integrity and the quality of her flock.
Joy is survived by her brother, Tom Hawkins and his wife, Candy; nephew John Hawkins of Corvallis and his wife, Laura; nephew Jason Hawkins of Santa Barbara, Calif., and his wife, Angela; and grand-nephews and nieces Luke and Emma Hawkins and Will and Cal Hawkins; as well as other members of the extended family.
She is preceded in death by her parents.
A celebration of life will take place this summer at a time and location to be determined.
Condolences for the family may be posted online at www.fisherfuneralhome.com.