Joy Bartley

Joy Iola Bartley, daughter of Horace Hedges and Juliette Manor Hedges, was born in a farm house March 5, 1938 in Willow Township, Greene County, Iowa.  Joy died February 18, 2016 at the Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames at the age of 77 of complications of pneumonia.

A Funeral service was held on Monday, Feb. 22 at 11:00 a.m., at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson. Words of comfort were officiated by Reverend Julia E.F. Poulsen. Honorary bearers were Ronika Mann, Jennifer Ledesma, Nicole Bartley, Kelsey Bartley, Nicholas Bartley, Macy Bartley, Jacob Bartley, Brenden Bartley, Bryant Gareedean and Riley Anderson. Music was provided by organist, Danille Curtis and soloist, Sheilah Pound. Music selected by the family was “When The Saints Go Marching In” and “Wind Beneath My Wings.” Recorded special song was “When I Get To Where I’m Going.” Burial was held at Jefferson Cemetery, in Jefferson.

Joy graduated Bayard High School in 1956.  She attended Iowa Teachers College (now UNI) for a year, and later AIB.  Joy married Paul F. Bartley on September 14, 1959 at the United Methodist Church in Scranton.  They were blessed with three children, Lea, Nick and Lance. The couple lived in Rapid City, S.D. where Paul was stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base. Joy worked at a bank.  The family moved to Maryville and then to Jefferson, June 28, 1959.  Joy worked at the high school as a tutor and as a clerk at the Assessor’s Office. On March 5, 1983, Paul and Joy moved to Boone.  She worked at DMACC. Joy loved helping others and again worked tutoring, this time with English as a second language.

She was very artistic and very creative, working with different mediums. Joy enjoyed being able to share her creative endeavors, as well as being able to sell some of her works. Better Homes and Gardens published some of her work. Her attributes were many, but her first love was her family.  Joy had a great passion for feeding the hungry, working with literacy and food services. Her life on the farm instilled a love of the outdoors and her flowers were very important to her. Her friends, as well as her family, found her very warm, supportive, caring and compassionate. Wednesday gatherings with her lady friends were special to Joy. She was a member of the Greenbrier Methodist Church for many years, before moving her membership to the First United Methodist Church in Boone after their move.

Joy was preceded in death by her mother, Juliette Hedges; grandson, Bryce Bartley; in-laws, Delores Dennhardt, Evelyn Leedom, Duane Bartley, Gail Bartley, Jean Wetzel and Rosie Beaman.

Joy’s survivors will always carry her love in their hearts: husband, Paul; father, Horace Hedges (Ruth); daughter, Lea Bartley of Ames; and sons, Nick Bartley of Sioux Rapids and Lance Bartley (Shannon) of Harlan: eight grandchildren: Ronika Mann (Josh), Jennifer Ledesma, Nicole Bartley, Kelsey Bartley, Nicholas Bartley, Macy Bartley, Jacob Bartley and Brenden Bartley; and two great-grandchildren, Bryant Gareedean and Riley Anderson. Joy is also survived by her sisters Karen Jackson (Joe) of Fort Dodge and Jo Anne Smith (John) of Owings, Md.; sisters-in-law, Marvel Newell, Frankey Anderson (Jim) and Arlis Bartley; brother-in-law, Dick Leedom, all of Jefferson; many nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.           

Hastings Funeral Home, Jefferson, (515) 386-8181,

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