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Joy E. White

Joy E. White (nee Johnston), 90, of North Olmsted, formerly of Elyria, passed away Friday, December 20, 2013, at West Bay Care and Rehabilitation Center in Westlake, following a long illness. She was born April 24, 1923 in Elyria Township. Joy was a 1941 Oberlin High School graduate. She was a founding member of The Church of The Open Door, a member of The Professional Woman's Club, and volunteered at Elyria Memorial Hospital. Joy loved singing traditional hymns, and enjoyed travel, interior decorating and landscaping.

Survivors include her husband, Robert E.; two daughters, Leora J. Fix (Ozzie) of Franklin, North Carolina and Diana L. Aguilara (Michael) of Elyria; son, Benjamin "Randy" Souslin, Jr. of Nankin, Ohio. Additional survivors include five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothea Ruhl of California, Rebecca "Becky" Gardner of Grafton, and Joan Oblinger of California.

Joy was preceded in death by her parents, Dick and Ruth (nee Simms) Johnston; two sisters, Roberta and June; and three brothers, Frederick, John and Donald.

Funeral services will be 1 P.M., Thursday, December 26, 2013, at The Laubenthal-Mercado Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 38475 Chestnut Ridge Rd. (at State Rt. 57), Elyria, (440) 322-4626, where the family will receive friends from 11 A.M. until time of service at 1 P.M., Thursday. Reverend Bob Wickens will officiate. Burial will be private at St. Mary Cemetery in Elyria.

Memorial contributions, in Joy's memory, can be sent to the charity of the donor's choice.

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