Marcia "Joy" Joyce Roth

Born on February 20, 1924

Departed on February 13, 2020 and resided in Hendersonville, TN

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Marcia Joyce Kirk Roth, affectionately called ‘Joy’, was born February 20, 1924 in Goondiwindi, Queensland, Australia. Surrounded by loving family, she passed away February 13, 2020.
Her parents were Sarah Lavinia Izzard Kirk and William Henry Kirk.

Joy and her husband Charles Phillip Roth enjoyed 58 years of marriage. She lost Charlie to death in 2002. Together, they raised four children, Loretta Adcox (husband Robert Adcox, deceased), Marcia Fetzer, married to Donald Fetzer, Phillip Roth (who preceded Joy in death), married to Nancy Roth, and Rebecca Merkel. Their family continued to grow, and she also leaves behind 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
Joy enjoyed life growing up with 8 siblings in Queensland, Australia. She trained to be a nurse and often told stories of the hard work that training required, living at the hospital where she was taught. It was as a young woman she first learned about the Bible from her mother.

Joy met the love of her life at a dance. Charlie was in the US Army and was stationed in Queensland during World War II. They were married February 24, 1944, in Brisbane, Australia. They enjoyed early marriage in Australia until Charlie was shipped home to Greenwich, Connecticut. He returned alone, as was required by the US Army. Joy turned 21 the day she left Australia, traveling by boat to America. She was accompanied on this adventure by her firstborn daughter, and her own sister Ellice who brought along her firstborn child. After reaching America, the sisters boarded a train that took them across the country. Joy’s journey ended in Grand Central Station in New York City. She settled into married life with Charlie in Greenwich, where they raised all four of their children.

Eventually, retirement took them to Cross Plains, Tennessee where they bought a farm and enjoyed raising animals, caring for an orchard and growing much of their own food. Their log cabin on the farm was a warm and inviting place for her to spend time with grandchildren. That loving relationship with her family extended after a move to Cottontown, Tennessee. No matter where she lived, Joy patiently taught her grandchildren what she knew, from cooking and baking, to quilting and knitting, even gardening and egg gathering. She is greatly appreciated for her unconditional love, guidance and support she extended to each and every member of her family.

Joy will affectionately be remembered and greatly missed by her loved ones. We take comfort in the same Bible message that comforted her, looking forward to a promised time when “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore.” Revelation 21:4

A graveside service for Joy will be held at Hendersonville Memory Gardens, Garden of Devotion, on Monday, February 17th, 2020 at 2:00 PM, officiated by Pastor Sam Chrisonoski. There will be no services inside the funeral home.

16 Comments to Marcia "Joy" Joyce Roth

  1. Linda Boone
    February 15, 2020 10:02 am

    So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in prayer.

  2. Karen Hickox
    February 15, 2020 7:15 pm

    I fell in love with Joy when I was given the opportunity to care for her. She was a lovely lady and I loved spending hours with her telling me about growing up in Australia. One thing was certain, she loved her family. I will miss her and that sweet smile.

  3. Gloria Smith
    February 15, 2020 8:11 pm

    Sorry for the loss of Aunt Joy. ❤️

  4. Roxanne Barron
    February 15, 2020 8:11 pm

    Ms. Joy was an awesome woman.
    When my boys were little, (they are now 38 and 34) Ms. Joy would come to my home and take care of my boys while my husband and I traveled. My boys loved her coming and staying with them.
    Ms. Joys girls let return the love, and let me take of her one summer. I thank them for that. Spending time with Ms. Joy was a true blessing.
    R.I.P. Ms.Joy 🙏🏻👼🏻

  5. Bonnie Griffis
    February 15, 2020 8:11 pm

    So sorry for your loss of Sweet Grammy Roth, know she was well loved and cared for by her loving family. You are all in my prayers that God give you comfort and peace. I know she was so loved and she knew that too may she RIP sweet lady you will be greatly missed.

  6. Roxanne Barron
    February 15, 2020 8:20 pm

    Ms. Joy was an awesome woman.
    When my boys were little (they are now 38 and 34) Ms. Joy would come to my home and take care of my boys while my husband and I traveled. They looked forward to having Ms.Joy come stay with them.
    I want to thank Ms. Joys daughters for giving me opportunity to take care of her one summer. It was such a wonderful blessing.
    R.I.P. 🙏🏻👼🏻

  7. Roxann Meguiar
    February 15, 2020 8:30 pm

    Rest in Peace sweet lady!

  8. Bruce & Marilyn Arnold
    February 15, 2020 8:39 pm

    Loved Gram. One of the finest person one could meet. She was hard-working, kind and patient. We had the privilege knowing her and her family. Great people.

  9. Yvonne Crum
    February 15, 2020 9:10 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Becky I never got to meet her. And I can say . I definitely regret this. What a loving family you had. Prayers for your sweet family.

  10. Dr. and Mrs. Nicholas J. Lippolis
    February 15, 2020 9:31 pm

    She was an amazing woman.

    Our boys continue to benefit from her taking care of them: she was their de facto Grandmother.

    Very sorry for your loss.
    We will miss Marcia.

    Love and support, to you and your family.

    Loraine & Nick

  11. Carolyn Kirk
    February 16, 2020 6:32 am

    Rest easy Joy ❤️ Love from the Kirks in Brisbane ❤️

  12. Maria Carpanzano
    February 16, 2020 8:39 am

    Mrs. Roth was like a mom to me when I was young, even after when the family moved to Tennessee. We spent many conversations on the phone as she gave me advice with my first born. She was such a lovely sweet lady. My love and condolences to the entire family

  13. David and Susan Odom
    February 16, 2020 9:03 pm

    We are so sorry for your family’s loss. She has an amazing story and legacy. Our sincerest condolensces.

  14. The Jerrolds Family.
    February 16, 2020 11:07 pm

    Sending all our love , thoughts , and prayers to your family at this time.

  15. The Jerrolds Family.
    February 16, 2020 11:08 pm

    Sending our love , thoughts , and prayers to your family at this time.

  16. Michael Koziel
    February 27, 2020 8:34 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers for her and family will have peace. So sorry Becky!

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