Mrs. Joy Ellen Lindahl (Carlson), 51, of Clayton, NC, died Saturday, July 25, 2015, at SECU Hospice House in Smithfield, after living with cancer for over 20 months.
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Joy grew up in Norwood, Massachusetts and Kingsport, Tennessee. After graduation from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1982, she attended Auburn University and East Tennessee State University, graduating with a degree in computer science and entering the banking industry. She worked as a pro-gramming specialist and team lead for over 25 years with BB&T in Northern Virginia and North Carolina.
In addition to a successful career, Joy was active in her community as a mother, wife, neighbor, friend, and crafter. She was active in her children’s schools, hosted scrapbooking crops, and participated in numerous community service projects. She loved spending time in the mountains and at the beach, gardening and birdwatching, photographing flowers and butterflies, and sharing her love of crafting with anyone in-terested.
During the past two years, she was sustained by her extended family, caregivers, and friends, including special friends from work who formed the Circle of Joy to assist her and her family during the difficult life with cancer. She is survived by her husband, Leif, two children, Carl and Annika, her parents, Neil and Marilyn Carlson, a brother, Eric Carlson, sisters-in-law Bev Crosscup and Nita Lindahl, mother-in-law Signe Lindahl, and numerous nieces and nephews.
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McLaurin Funeral Home in Clayton is assisting the family, and a memorial ser-vice will be held August 1, at 10 am, at Horne United Methodist Church in Clayton (re-ception following). In lieu of flowers, Joy requested donations to any lung cancer charity or to Children’s Cancer Research Fund.