Joy Spicer Martin

February 19, 1942 - March 15, 2019
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Joy Spicer Martin was born on February 19, 1942 in Claremore, Oklahoma to Doris (Jamison) and Levi Spicer. She passed away on March 15, 2019 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

She enjoyed baking, gardening and working with children. She was a proud member of the Seneca-Cayuga Tribe of Oklahoma and a member of the Council House Friends Church in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. She married Vernie Ray Martin on December 14, 1974 in Fort Wingate, New Mexico. They were happily married until his passing in November of 1994. She attended and graduated from Drury College in 1964 in Springfield, MO with a Bachelors in Education. She started her work history at Intermountain School in Brigham Young, UT where she worked for six years. For four years she worked as a teacher at Chilocco Indian School in Chilocco, OK. In 1972 she received a Masters Degree in Education from Northeastern State College in Tahlequah, OK. She continued her long history of teaching, supervising and administrating with two years as a teacher/supervisor at Ft. Wingate High School in Ft. Wingate, NM, fours years as a teacher/supervisor at Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, CA, four years in the Office of Indian Education Programs in Sacramento, CA, twelve years in the Office of Indian Education Programs in Washington D.C. and September 1996 to her 2012 retirement as Education Program Administrator in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma where she resided until 2013 when she moved to Anadarko, Oklahoma.

Survived by:
Brothers: Francis Spicer
William Spicer
James Spicer of Grove, Oklahoma
Joe Spicer of Pendleton, Oregon
Sister: Jessie and husband Alfonso Flores of San Antonio, Texas

Preceded in death by her parents, Levi and Doris Spicer, sister, Norma Spicer, brother, Jerry Spicer and her husband, Vernie Ray Martin.

Viewing: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Ray & Martha's Funeral Home, Anadarko, OK

Family will be present 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Ray & Martha's Funeral Home, Anadarko, Oklahoma.

Funeral Service: 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 21, 2019
Red Stone Baptist Church, Anadarko, OK

Graveside: 1:00 p.m., Friday, March 22, 2019
Council House Friends Church Cemetery, Wyandotte, OK

Services under the direction of Ray and Martha's Funeral Home, Anadarko, Oklahoma.

Service Information

Date: March 20, 2019
Time: 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Date: March 20, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Date: March 21, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm

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Eileen McKinley
Fayetteville, NC
I worked for Joy for 9 years as her Secretary.  She was so knowledgeable about Indian Education and an advocate for higher education.  Very well respected by educators, parents and the children.  I cherish the years I worked with her and the staff in Oklahoma City.  My prayers are with her family.
Jaylene Adakai Sanchez
Rio Rancho, NM
My thoughts and prayers are said for Ms. Martin's journey into the spirit world and for the family. I first met Ms. Martin while working for OIEP in 2001. First time I met her she made me cry, but as time passed we became good friends and laughed often about our meeting; a friendship I will cherish the rest of my life. May Creator be with her family and guide them through her journey.
Vickie Boettger
Carnegie, OK
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Joy.  I am honored and blessed to have worked for her, until her retirement.  She was a wonderful woman.  When my mother passed away she gave me comforting words and would always call to see how I was doing.  Comfort, prayers, and blessings to the family.
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