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Joy Day

Joy A. Day (McKitrick)

Monday, August 25th, 1941 - Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
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Joy A. Day

On Wednesday, July 25, 2019, Joy Day, loving wife and mother of two children, passed away at the age of 77. Joy was born on August 25, 1941 in Defiance, Ohio to O.S. and Elizabeth McKitrick. She received her Bachelor degree from Bowling Green State University and her Masters degree from Wayne State University. Joy married James Rodney Day on August 12th, 1967. They raised their daughter Heather Day, and their son Brandon Day, here in Ashland, Ohio.

Joy was an active and caring member of the community. She was a high school teacher of U.S. history when living in Lincoln Park, Michigan, and a substitute teacher at Ashland High School. Over the course of Joy’s college years, Joy was a camp director. Ever enjoying the outdoors, Joy later led her daughter’s girl scout troop through years of camping and adventures. As her daughter grew up, Joy took on the role of acting director of Ashland’s Sweet 16 dance squad for two years. For over 20 years, Joy owned and ran Joy’s Dariland –the seasonal go-to for delicious treats on the north side of Ashland. As someone who liked to be active, Joy played in Ashland’s first women’s soccer program – goalie was her thing. One of the activities that Joy was well known for was her involvement with the Ashland High School Mock Trial team as its Director for 28 years. Over that time period, Joy led mock trial students to the State level competition 25 times, making Ashland High School a renowned mock trial powerhouse and generating multitudes of future debaters and lawyers in society. Joy was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and took part in the weekly Sunday School service. Over the past few years, Joy enjoyed being part of a group of women called the ‘Esoteric Club’ where members presented and discussed on selected topics. Throughout her life Joy’s family knew her as a fantastic cook, making exceptional meals passed down over generations and experimenting with new recipes and flavors. Joy’s family and friends will forever cherish all the wonderful times and memories they have shared with her.
Joy is survived by her husband, their two children and two grandchildren, Julia and Eric Madureira, and her two sisters Lynne Abbot and Pamela Harris.
Funeral services will be held, Monday, July 29, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church, 220 Sandusky Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805 with Reverend Dr. Allan Bevere officiating. Friends may call Sunday, July 28, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home.
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Memorial contributions can be sent to First United Methodist Church at 220 Sandusky St., Ashland, OH 44805 and to the Joy Day Mock Trial Fund as a check sent to ACCF, 300 College Ave., Ashland, Ohio 44805 (note ‘mock trial’) or online at

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Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, July 28th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, July 28th, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home 313 Center St. Ashland, Ohio 44805
    313 Center Street
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
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  • Funeral Service

    Monday, July 29th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Monday, July 29th, 2019 11:00am
    First United Methodist Church
    220 Sandusky Street
    Ashland, OH 44805
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    Rev. Dr. Allan Bevere


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Barbara Rhoades

Posted at 12:51pm
There are few people in your life who you can say really changed who you are....Joy Day was one of those people. She touched the students she worked with - by treating them like the individuals they were - not as a student - but as a totally capable person. That was what made her different as a coach and mentor. She never said you can - she just assumed that you will - and wow did they ever. Her teams arose to the level she absolutely knew they would. She will be missed so much - but she touched so many of us that she will always be with us. Her spirit and energy - and determination - will go on with us forever.

Lucille Nuss

Posted at 01:28pm
With deepest sympathy from the Nuss Family! We are gathered at Lake Michigan for our annual Family Fest so unfortunately can not be there. We have special memories of Joy and your family. We recall the fun gatherings with “the out-of -towners”, especially on the 4th of July; Linda remembering Joy ’s enthusiasm as her Girl Scout leader; Dave working at Joy’s Dari-land; our couples Bridge group; Lucille and Joy serving on educational committees at AHS. A favorite memory was Joy going to court to represent herself over an orange light ticket and winning! She was so intelligent and genuinely caring. She was not just Joy; she was “a joy” and a friend who will be remembered.
Lucille Nuss and the Nuss Family

Sincerely, Socorro & Francisco

Posted at 01:50am
Dear Brandon, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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David and Karen Samsel

Posted at 05:00pm
Our family, both Jim and Jennifer ,AHS 90, have great memories of Joy, and your family. David and Karen Samsel

Eric Wagner

Posted at 09:35am
Our condolences to the family on the passing of Joy Day. Mrs. Day was a good friend of Sue Wagner (Eric's mother and Sarah & Ben's grandmother) and she was the Mock Trial advisor for Ben & Sarah. Joy's contributions to our lives and the community will always be remembered and we are grateful for knowing her.

Eric & Mercedes Wagner

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