Los Gatos Death Notice: 'Gentlewoman' Ann Campbell Joy Dies

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Ann Campbell Joy, April 18, 1928-Dec. 9, 2013. Courtesy Legacy.com
Ann Campbell Joy, April 18, 1928-Dec. 9, 2013. Courtesy Legacy.com

Los Gatos resident Ann Campbell Joy belongs to the ages now having crossed the bar Dec.  9, 2013 in her sleep at home beside her husband of 63 years Wilkes in the old polished brass bed they shared for decades. She was 85. 

Born in Glendale, CA April 18, 1928 to Ralph and Dorothy Campbell, she grew up in Glendale and La Jolla, graduating from La Jolla High School and San Diego State before the newly-wed couple moved to San Jose then shortly thereafter Los Gatos in 1957, where they lived the rest of her life.

Her husband Wilkes and three sons Ralph, John, and Jeff and daughters-in-law Linda and Dora survive her along with grandchildren Lisa, Grant, Justine, and Jill. They were the love of her life. 

Ann was an intelligent, social, compassionate and unpretentious gentlewoman who relied upon positive thinking to navigate her way through life.

She was an excellent homemaker and cook and loved to entertain.

Ann possessed a refined artistic style evident in each of the family houses, her clothing, flower arranging and gardening, talents inherited from her mother.

Professionally she spent 18 years as a fashion and color consultant with the kitchen linen company Apron Tree of California.

Their Christmas parties were beautifully presented celebrations with homemade food, the house finely decorated for the season and filled with friends, all drawn by Ann and Wilkes' loving hospitality and good wishes to each. 

She and Wilkes were longtime members of the San Jose Sailing Club and spent many years cruising around the bay and delta in their sailboat the "II ENJOY."

Ann was a passionate reader and crossword puzzle enthusiast, avid watercolor painter, and produced beautiful needle-point embroideries. 

Until time slowed them down, she and Wilkes loved to dance and were very accomplished ballroom and square dancers, at first with the local dance club the Twilighters then later the Rafter Rockers, and would practice steps with colored sticks laid out on the living room floor.

Ann quietly supported organizations such as the Salvation Army, Guide Dogs for the Blind, and Boy Scouts, among others.

She contributed time and energy to the former Village House & Garden restaurant which supported the Los Gatos orphanage Ming Quong. 

Fastened on the refrigerator door along with a few family photos is an aged newspaper column heading clipped from The Chronicle. Written by the late Terrance O'Flaherty, he had borrowed a line for his column title from the poet Samuel Lover that reflected Ann's credo in life; 'Live in my heart and pay no rent.' We did, and she never charged for her unconditional love.

The family is planning a private celebration in her honor at home in January. 

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