Joy Ladd was born Feb. 22, 1932 in Hollywood, Calif. The youngest of three, Joy was doted on by her parents. She married the love of her life, Walter Ladd, at the age of 18 and they raised their four girls in a house filled with laughter.
The fabric of her life was made up of her family and stitched together with faith and love. A devoted Christian, Joy rejoiced in communion and raised her soprano voice to worship in the choir.
Joy was an independent entrepreneur, owning her own doll-making business on main street Mariposa for many years, and working alongside her husband on multiple business ventures. She was accomplished in a variety of textile arts and crafts, and enjoyed throughout her life a child-like fascination with dolls and collectibles. She was always young at heart. She laughed often, was loved by many friends, and adored by her grandchildren, with whom she shared many of her creative gifts.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Ola Gammell; siblings, Virgil Gammell and Avril O’Keefe; her daughter, Marta Haggard; and her beloved husband, Walter Ladd.
She is survived by three daughters, Tanya Greek, Cara Morrison and Pam Vanderveer; and her grandchildren: Lisa Barnes, Stacy Engle, Lily Erlandsen, April Foster, Darrell and Sean Haggard, Renee Johnson, Ethan, Kyle and Noel Morrison, Heidi Sabio, Collette Shipp, and Phillip Vanderveer, and their children: Jaynie Mae Barnes, Joseph, Lizzie, Sophia, and Zoe Engle, Izzy Erlandsen, Andrew, Curtis and Matthew Foster, Ava Haggard, Danielle, Ellie, Joshua, and Sydney Johnson, Caroline and Madeline Sabio, Ariana and Kyler Shipp, Chloe and James Vanderveer.
She was our family’s Joy.
A memorial service has been set for 4 p.m., Friday, May 24 at the Mariposa Cemetery, 4979 Joe Howard Road. There will be a reception following the service at the Mariposa Senior Center. Call (209) 742-6914 for more information.